It was Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. The diagnosis came after countless doctors’ visits in which I expressed concern over the chronic urticaria, hair loss, weight gain, mood swings and extreme bouts of fatigue. Multiple doctors visits is not uncommon for most people who receive an autoimmune diagnosis.
While relieved that my numerous doctor appointments & symptoms eventually amounted to something physical proven by blood work (as opposed to it being all in my head), I didn’t have any idea what a thyroid was much less what it did. The doctor gave me medicine, told me to take it for the rest of my life and sent me off to pay his bill. At that moment, I believed my troubles were over.
Months after I began my thyroid replacement medicine, however, I was still struggling with many of the same symptoms. My hair was still falling out, I still felt tired, my skin had dry patches, I broke out in hives weekly and I was still freezing in 80 degree weather.
Conventional medicine wasn’t enough.
Each time I saw a doctor, they gave me another medicine to treat my symptom. No one got to the root cause. A few of the well meaning doctors even made dismissive comments like “You’re skinny, don’t worry about a few pounds” and “You have so much hair. What do you care if you lose a little?” or “You just had a baby. Your body hasn’t adjusted yet. How about taking an antidepressant?” UGH!!!!
That’s when I took my health back. I studied everything I could. Tried various healing modalities and eventually put my disease into remission and felt great again…. for 20 years.
Two decades later I got sick again. Like the first time, I was referred to a specialist after specialist. None could find the source of my pain and issues. This time was worse than before because it stopped my active life. I went from working out daily and training for triathlons on the weekends (for fun) to stuck in the bed. I was either medicating and caffeinating to get through a day or laying in bed. At my worst, I couldn’t dress myself, shower or even walk down a flight of stairs without every muscle in my back and thoracic area becoming one big spasm. It got so bad I couldn’t move. The pain was excruciating and would bring me to tears. I wasn’t a good employee, wife or friend at that point. My life was in a tail spin. My options were few.
I had asked my doctor to find another way to manage the pain (instead of all the meds). He insisted this was protocol and added “if you cant handle the meds, how are you going to handle the wheel chair?”
Life was awful – back then.
The hardships that come from living with autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s Throiditis, ankylosing spondylitis, MCTD and even EDS are really a gift…. Of learning and a way for me to help others. After studying natural health and alternative therapies for 30+ years I went back to school and studied some more, tried new techniques and here I am. Now I teach others how to manage their disease instead of having their disease call the shots! I love life again and so can you. Pain may not be an option for some but suffering is always a choice! If you or someone you love feels the despair of an autoimmune diagnosis… Mama Frat can help.
Autoimmune diseases affect millions of Americans.
The Ask Mama Frat site, videos, workshops, and professional speaking engagements offer you with the wisdom of experience in dealing with these issues. They also serve to inspire, teach and share techniques for dealing with a chronic condition like autoimmune disease. You can manage the disease and even put it into remission.
I defied the odds. You can too!
Through one on one coaching, employee wellness programs, workshops and even keynote addresses I help others to understand their diagnosis and manage their prognosis. Focused on gut health, autoimmune protocols, food sensitivities and other inflammatory health issues and management I have empowered people to succeed and change their situation and/ or even put their autoimmune disease into remission. As a veteran of these life’s challenges, I have defied the odds personally and you can do the same. “Mama Frat is NOT a replacement for your healthcare professional but she is the best compliment. Like syrup to pancakes or glasses for the near sited life is better with her help in it.”
Health doesn’t always come from medicine. It also comes from the right nutritional input/diet, a toxin-free environment (emotionally & physically) as well as laughter, and love.
If you have the experience of an autoimmune diagnosis or chronic health challenge get on the path to lasting change. Ask Mama Frat how.
If you hire professional speakers for your employee wellness program, association gatherings and/or other events, please consider reaching out to me. Something’s Gotta Give is a nourishing presentation both physically and at a soulful level.It can be adjusted to fit your organization’s needs.