At the age of 39, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, early-onset menopause (from the age of 36), adrenal fatigue, autoimmune Raynaud’s Phenomenon, osteopenia and gluten-intolerance.
What a way to start my first year in business when I had next-to-nothing insurance, my fourth decade in life and what I thought would be more time to race and train.
You can read about my diagnosis here and here, so I won’t go into it in detail. My posts on Hashimoto’s Disease have been my most shared and after my post about it being a gift received emails and calls from numerous people who said: “that’s me.”
I honestly see it as a gift. I wouldn’t trade it for a yard with real grass, meeting Oprah or a lifetime of Jubala almond lattes.
After 40+ hours of training with every course I could find, not including all the books read and certifications already held, I was able to share what I learned with my clients and help them to prevent relapses or manage their illness effectively.
My Top Three ways I control my Hashimoto’s Disease are:
- I take Naturethroid, which works well for me. It’s important not to take any thyroid medications near doses of magnesium (this means your multivitamin too) and calcium and take it in the morning on an empty stomach. I had four doctors before this was explained to me and I’ve had two clients not know either was important.
- I take my heart rate variability using the Sweetwater Daily Beat app. This measures parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system activity and predicts when my body is stressed before I realize it.
- I prioritize sleep over everything. Even if it’s 8:30, if I’m tired, I’ll go to bed. There is no shame in my sleep game.
One of my rock star clients, Melissa Kennedy, got her gift while we were working together. After battling fatigue and general malaise for months, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. What are her Top Three to control her health?
As an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur my passion, ambition, and drive are my biggest assets, but they are also my biggest barriers to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Add in the complications of an autoimmune thyroid disease requiring more rest and an eating lifestyle change, and you get a life of extremes…a pendulum swing of blowout productivity vs. physical and emotional burnout. Then rolls in Marcey…
Marcey’s Three Big Wins to Balance my Extreme Lifestyle:
- Creating an absolute “No” list of canned responses ready when approached to do something that wasn’t serving my interest. I didn’t have to think about it. The decision and emotional guilt were taken away.
- Developing a work transition routine to help me stop working and start living every day. These 15-minute activities to transition from work to life were a real game changer. I started shutting down at 6pm to cook a healthy dinner, walk my dog, or garden on lovely spring days. Later I realized I didn’t miss anything by shutting down at a reasonable time and gained so much in return.
- Asking where my fun was? One time, Marcey asked me what was good and fun today? I paused and listed a litany of work accomplishments. She replied “That’s awesome, now what have you done for fun?” I didn’t have an answer. I immediately realized I had lost my fun. Marcey put me back on track.
Join me, along with some special guests, on a complimentary, live, public webinar Working Well and Playing More With a Chronic Illness on July 22 from 12-12:30 EST.
I’ll be sharing three key behaviors to manage chronic or stress-related illness. You may just see how your illness, disease, or syndrome is a gift too 🙂
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Watch the recording of Marcey’s webinar on how to Work Well and Play More with Hashimoto’s Disease!. Need help managing your chronic illness? Contact me for a Discovery Session today and see if we’re a good fit to get your health back on track.