I have Graves Disease… but I don’t have a problem with my thyroid gland. My organ has no deformities or permanent dysfunctions. At this present moment I’m in remission. Without the barrage of autoimmune attacks, my thyroid gland functions perfectly.
That’s because I have an autoimmune disease. My thyroid gland, an organ that I once hated with so much fervor… an organ that I eagerly wanted to destroy… has been beaten up and bruised as much as I have. Graves Disease stole the steering wheel and my thyroid was helpless to stop the joy ride that ensued.
If you have Graves Disease or Hashimotos, here’s why I think you should learn to love your thyroid too (no matter what treatment options you choose).
Travel is an exhilarating, awesome experience. But it can also be frustrating and stressful if you have digestive issues and it can be easy to fall off of the healthy habits train. With good planning you can travel like a Health Esteem Queen.
Here are some of my go to healthy travel tips:
Sometimes, no matter how well intentioned we are with what we put into our incredible bodies, we still have indigestion. Many of us have a sensitive stomach and the pain that comes with that can be unbearable.
I’ll admit that tummy troubles are something that I’ve had an unfortunate amount of experience with throughout the years. I have a sensitive digestive system (I think I angered the food gods in a past life), and while I honour my body with an array of well-intentioned nutritious choices, every so often it is not pleased with my offerings. And man does it ever suck when you’re stuck with an unhappy digestive tract.
So, fellow health esteemies, how does one soothe an angered sensitive stomach? Are there natural ways to ease the pain? Of course there are! Here are some of my favourites:
I survived my first Graves Disease relapsed and I’ve had to learn to accept something – I have an autoimmune disease… and, since it’s incurable, we’ll have to learn to live together in relative harmony.
Here’s why accepting the fact that Graves Disease is incurable was the best step forward:
I have some great news! I am in remission once again. My Graves Disease has settled down and I feel incredible. I still have my beautiful thyroid and I am medication free!
The first time I went through my Graves Disease battle I learned a lot. As difficult as this journey has been it has changed me in ways I could never have imagined. From my diet, to my outlook, to the way that I treat myself, I am, in a strange way, grateful for the changes that this experience has fostered.
This time around was different, of course, but I still managed to learn a lot from take two of my Graves Disease journey.
Here’s how I navigated my Graves Disease relapse as positively as possible: