Last week, I gathered my courage and got personal. I shared with all of you that I was simplifying my life, facing adrenal fatigue, and taking a stand for my thyroid. That post took some guts. I’m not one to talk about these types of personal issues with the public. Hell, I barely talk about them with my family and friends. For so long, I’ve just kept the fact that I feel somewhat run down and not “normal” hidden. I’m not sick enough to be debilitated, nor are my symptoms enough to make daily functioning difficult. For that, I am truly thankful. However, most days, I don’t feel like I am supposed to. Not that I know what a “normal” 31 year old woman should feel like, but I don’t think this is it.
So, the question that I know some people are wondering is why start now? I’ve been dealing with this for awhile now, I’m not super sick, I can still hold down a job, I have energy to exercise, so surely it isn’t that bad?
Long story short?
Babies are the reason that I have finally decided to hop off the passiveness train and onto the proactiveness train. And by babies, I mean the baby (or babies) that I hope to have some day.
You see, I had a sobering realization about two weeks ago.
It finally sunk in that statistically, women who suffer from thyroid issues have a much more difficult time conceiving than those whose systems are functioning properly. I’ve known this for years. I’ve been told this by doctors for years.
But, it didn’t sink in until just recently.
And when it did, I started crying.
You see, my plan (because everyone knows that I love to make plans) was to start a family when we turned 30. Well, that didn’t happen for a multitude of reasons. Now, it has been pushed out another few years (for yet another multitude of reasons). So, not only am I going to have age to deal with when we get to the point where we’re ready to start trying, but I’m also going to have thyroid issues as well. What if we get to that point and we’re unable to conceive? What if my lack of proactiveness leads us to be unable to start a family. Both my husband and I really, really want kids and I can’t imagine how devastated we would be if that was not an option.
Now, I realize that I could get everything healed and functioning properly (or at least much better) and we could still have problems. I get that. I also know some women with thyroid issues who have been blessed with happy, healthy babies. I get that too.
But, I would absolutely not forgive myself if I’m in my late 30s and unable to conceive, and I realized that if I had been more proactive about my health, we might have had better luck.
Not going to let that happen.
We only have one life to live, so we better make the most of it.
So, that’s why I’m getting serious now.
Because I want to give sweet hubby and me the best chance possible to start a healthy family. And Lord knows, by the time that time rolls around, we’re really, really, really, really going to want kids!
The reasons are many for why I am finally to a place where I can start focusing on my health. But, if I had to prioritize my reasons, it would be (1) babies, (2) I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and (3) I am in a place, mentally, where I can take this on without losing my mind.
So, let’s get this party started, shall we?
I’m already a few days into my nutritional therapist’s (Lydia from Divine Health) blood sugar control challenge. It’s definitely been a challenge. I have been going hardcore. And I’m feeling a little better. It’s amazing how making small changes can yield noticeable results. Gives us hope that true healing is possible!
Tell me, how are you feeling? What issues are you dealing with right now? Leave me a comment below and let’s discuss. I think we all have so much to learn from each other and each and every comment offers a learning opportunity for all women who are facing similar issues!
Health, happiness, and love.