This time five years ago I was trying to absorb the fact that I have Graves Disease, an incurable, but thankfully treatable, autoimmune disease.
Like many diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, my life drastically changed after my diagnosis. Initially I was devastated and angry. But five years later I can honestly say that Graves Disease has changed my life for the better.
Really, I changed myself for the better. But knowing I would be spending a lifetime with Graves Disease truly motivated me to examine my life and foster changes that would allow me to thrive in my circumstances. And there are so many ways that you can too! Even if you don’t have a chronic illness.
Don’t wait for a disease to make yourself a priority. Let’s talk about how to truly make yourself feel fantastic, inside and out.
Now that you know all about your Thyroid you may be wondering how you can keep that gorgeous organ healthy. Does it matter if you have an illness that causes hyper or hypothyroidism? What if you don’t have a thyroid disease at all? Is there a Thyroid Diet that you should consider?
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, but how aware are you truly of your thyroid? If you’re anything like I was pre-Graves Disease, you probably don’t give it any thought. But this butterfly shaped gland is kind of a big deal. And whether or not you have a disease that affects your thyroid, it’s worth your while to know why this amazing organ is so important and what to look out for when things go wrong. Knowledge is power – so let’s learn more about our thyroids so that we can better protect our health!
Having a Graves Disease does not make you weak. Point blank. Requiring medical attention does not mean that you are powerless. An illness is not a marathon, it is not a test or a challenge and you do not have to prove yourself to anyone. In short… with Graves Disease treatment is necessary. The same can be said about any chronic illness.
Life is strange… It’s strange because shit happens, things blindside you and sometimes there are no right answers and no clean outcomes. It’s certainly strange for a plethora of other reasons; our very existence is strange if you stop and consider it… but I digress. Today I’m focused on that no right answer, sudden happenstance strangeness that occasional blinds many of us. Those moments when finding gratitude seems impossible.
I realized something recently. I’ve been living in a cocoon for 4 years. And it was incredibly necessary. When I got sick I retreated inwards. I needed to back away from the world to rest and nurture myself back to health. It was important that I get to know my body and my disease. I needed to learn how to be unapologetically selfish and make myself a priority… to fall in love with myself and create a foundation of self-kindness. I cannot stress how fundamental this has been to my healing with Graves Disease. But my cocoon has become my comfort zone and it’s time to let go.
Have I ever told you about the time that I was swindled? Seduced by an impossible idea and so enamoured with it that I caused myself inevitable hardship? It really all boiled down to a word, but the grandiose and appealing idea of that word meant everything to me. The word in question is cure. The hope… that Graves Disease could somehow be cured if I did the right things…
Admitting to myself that this word, this idea could not belong to me was more difficult than dealing with the actual consequences of my reality, living with Graves Disease.
I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to Jane Gammage! She is a Life Coach, a passionate Graves Warrior, an inspiring healthy foodie and the creator of the blog A Journey with Graves. Whether it be through her honest and heartfelt write-ups on her personal journey to wellness or the amazing programs she’s created to help others find their way to better health and happier lifestyles, Jane will leave you feeling inspired. Her joy is contagious.
You can connect with Jane on her website or follow her journey and be inspired by her delicious meals on her Instagram. I highly recommend it.
Meet the lovely Jane:
I have a confession – I LOVE seaweed. Like eat 3 packages in one sitting before I realize what I’ve done love seaweed! This time last year, seaweed was a go to snack… I may have cleaned out a few store shelves throughout the summer. I couldn’t get enough… but seaweed and I have since parted ways. While I miss it, I know that our breakup was for the best. Why? Because, while there is no such thing as a perfect thyroid diet, excess iodine is not a good idea.
When it comes to iodine heavy foods, Graves Disease, Hashimotos and Hyperthyroidism do not respond well.
If you have one of these illnesses and/or enjoy iodine heavy foods like seaweed or spirulina, you have to read this:
One of the most common questions that finds me is “what’s your diet like?”, “I have Graves Disease too, what diet should I be on?” or “what’s the best diet if I want to be health?”. And while there are certain things that I think that everyone could do to create a healthy, nourishing lifestyle, I do not believe in any such thing as the “best diet” for everyone, even those with the same disease as me.
So how did I create the best diet for me? And how can you do the same?