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Thyroid Healing, Chapter One

What could be more fun than a day with this guy?

It hardly ever snows in the desert.

The desert is sunny and warm most days which is one of the main reasons I live here. As you know if you have a low thyroid, being cold is a major symptom. And for those of you who have a happier thyroid, let me tell you that we are not talking about your run-of-the-mill, mainstream, ordinary kind of cold. Hypothyroid cold is painful and relentless. There is no relief other than standing under a scalding hot shower until your fingers prune and you stay a little longer because you know getting out means being cold again. I would do whatever I could to keep myself from getting cold.

This past weekend, we had a freak blizzard here in Arizona. My sweet doggie love Max doesn’t have a thyroid problem. This guy LOVES snow. Usually his daddy handles the cold weather walks for Max, however, his daddy just happened to be gone during this blizzard. So it was up to mommy, who would of course do anything for her sweet doggie love. I bundled up like I was climbing Mt. Everest and set out on the trail, preparing to be frozen. But as we walked, I realized that I was not freezing. I even peeled off a few of the many layers of clothes I was wearing. It was wonderful! I didn’t freeze in the snow for the first time in 8 years. We had such a great time playing in the snow that we stayed out there for hours.

So one of my major symptoms is getting better! What this means is that the medicine is working. This is a huge revelation and gives me HOPE. The decision to take prescription medicine to support my thyroid was a hard one. I had convinced myself that I did not need conventional medicine to heal – I would do it by eliminating goitrogenic foods, armed with extensive internet research. I blindly plugged along believing I was fine, until I plunged into the adrenal abyss. My incredible husband, who had been there for me every step of the way, dragged me to the doctor. We had no choice. When I started taking medicine, I had (many) moments (days) of FEAR. The “what if” kind of fear. As in, “what if” we missed something and it’s not my thyroid and now I’m going to be on the wrong medicine?!?!?!? And “what if” I am going to have to be on this for the rest of my life? “What if” there are side effects? “What if” I never feel better? I held onto this fear for a while. I guess I used it as a crutch just in case I didn’t get better. With the help of family (thanks, guys), I eventually began to replace the fear with more positive thoughts and the fear got quieter. It was only then was I able to start moving towards healing.

And here I am feeling warmer which makes me feel better. This gives me more fuel to make it through the harder times and to shine a little more light on those places that are still dark. I AM HEALING.

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  1. Goddess in the Groove

    I am happy you found me via Goddess in the Groove :)…It is synchronicity that you would find me now. I am changing my diet to wheat free/dairy free…I am trying to heal from chronic pain, fatigue, and muscle loss….feel like an old woman. I recently re-read “Eat right for your type”, and find many of my symptons listed under my blood type. Most of my diet is on my “avoid” list. Since I have tried almost everything else…this is my new adventure. One of the the organs affected by my diet are my thyroids…so I am back to integrating more seaweed into my meals. (If you have not already, check out Bladderwrack).
    If you are interested in foraging, herbs, etc, also check out my other blog, http://www.herbmagik.com. I will be posting my “gluten/wheat free” experiments :).
    Nice to meet you!

    1. Mikelle

      Hi Heike~ Love our synchronicity! It is perfect that we have found each other now when we are walking such a similiar path. I too am healing from fatigue and muscle loss, most likely caused by my low thyroid and/or adrenal fatigue…completely understand feeling old. Some days I felt (using the word “felt” with fingers crossed) like I could actually see my aging from morning to night. I am familiar with the book. I have type O blood which according to the book means I should be eating lots of red meat, however, I am a vegan. So I am working diligently to get enough protein which has helped me tremedously. Looking forward to checking out http://www.herbmagik.com and sharing healing ideas and inspritations with you 🙂 Sending wishes to you for vibrant health!!

  2. Jack Gorman

    I can’t tell you how much I love reading yours posts. They are very insightful for me and really do help me understand more and more of what you are going thru. I wish I could be there for you, but knowing that you have M and M it makes me happy that you have so much support. You are so lucky to have them. I love you so much and miss you so much. Please give M and M the biggest of hugs and kisses for me and thank them for me for taking such good care of you.


    1. Mikelle

      Dad~ I love you so much! You are so sweet and give me more support than you know. I’m lucky to have such a caring father 🙂

  3. Elaine

    My sweet,
    You have turned the most important corner with a post about healing – how inspiring! Not just because it shows the meds are working but because you now believe in a better time ahead. I love the reference to shining a light on the dark places as your internal spirit has always been a source of light to those who know you – and now for yourself. The love of M and M and your extended family is a comforter for good and tough days. I found a quote that seems appropriate, “I learned patience, perseverance, and dedication. Now I really know myself, and I know my voice. It’s a voice of pain and victory.” Zenthyroid has become your voice but one that helps others find their voice as well.

    We love you, mom
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  4. Liz, Holistic Health Counselor

    Your motivation is inspiring. KEEP IT UP. Follow that inner voice. <3

    1. Mikelle

      Wow, thanks Liz. Such a huge compliment coming from such an inspiring person. Best wishes to you 🙂

  5. Janelle

    Mikelle, you write so beautifully! Very inspiring to me and all of your readers. And I must say that I LOVE SEEING MAX! Such a handsome devil.

    Hugs to you both!
    Janelle recently posted…A Little Light HousekeepingMy Profile

    1. Mikelle

      Janelle~ Coming from you, that is a huge compliment. Your writing is amazing and so inspiring! And yes, Max is quite the handsome man – inside and out. Love that guy! Hugs back at you, my friend.

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