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Invisible Me

Finding out I had an auto immune disease called Hashimotos was both a curse and a blessing. A curse because it was a constant daily struggle, a blessing because it taught me so much about myself as a person, my strength and my true passion and calling in life – to help other people.

Short version

  • Diagnosed with Hashimotos
  • Put myself into remission 12 months later
  • Medication free three years after diagnosis.
  • Combination of modern medicine, natural remedies, lifestyle changes and a whole lot of positive thinking.

 
 









The not short, but not-so-long version

(I could write a book on my journey)

I'm Sal the happy strong girl who is first in line to help people and to lend a shoulder to cry on, the girl who doesn't need help and can do it all by herself. So why was I falling apart, why was I a crying mess on my kitchen floor why couldn't I see the good in the world anymore, I felt like the world I knew was ending. I was surrounded by darkness, little tasks felt too big to cope with, I felt like my body wanted to move faster than my mind would work and even then my body hardly wanted to move.
From the outside I looked fine I looked healthy and I looked like I had the perfect life but on the inside I was broken lost alone and frightened. Where had Sal gone?

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had a long exhausting list of symptoms. I held it together as long as I could I was a master at positive thinking and the law of attraction, but when I fell to the floor cooking tea one night and sobbed my heart out for no reason at all that I could think of I knew it was time I got some help. I knew in my heart what was wrong with me but I was holding off going to the doctor because I didn't want to believe I was following in the footsteps of my mum and aunties and grandmother.

I just wanted to crawl into bed and sleep the rest of my life away, if it wasn't for my two children I felt I had no need to get up ever. I don't know how I got out of bed each day, I slept no more than two hours broken a night for 18 months.

I had an invisible illness, I looked fine to everyone on the outside but on the inside I was emotionally destroyed. I am sure my family and friends thought I was faking it and the health nurses tried to tell me I had post natal depression. I knew it was more than that.

My blood tests finally came back and my doctor said I had hypothyroidism. He said I just had to take a little white pill and I would be fine. I was shattered I didn't want to be on medication ever in my life and here I was almost 30 and being prescribed medication. My doctor also said I would have this disease for the rest of my life. I asked for a copy of my blood tests and I went home and cried.

Once I had processed it a little, the stubborn side of me kicked in and I spent hours researching the disease, that's when I worked out for myself that not only did I have hypothyroidism but that I had the auto immune disease Hashimotos, this is what my doctor neglected to tell me.

I went back to my doctor a week later and I asked him if I was reading my blood tests results correctly and if he could confirm I had an auto immune disease. He said yes you do. I asked him why he didn't tell me this initially to which he replied there was no need to tell me because the treatment was the same no matter what. From my research I knew this wasn't the case, I knew having an auto immune disease was a whole different story. I left his office and as I sat in my car out the front of his office processing it all I promised myself that I would prove the doctor wrong and I promised myself that I would put myself into remission from this disease and that I would be medication free.

After about a week on the thyroid medication I had my first solid night’s sleep in almost 2 years and finally a whole week of beautiful restful deep sleep. This gave me new energy to focus on my journey to getting well.

I knew my body was very messed up lots of things weren't right and I decided to go to a naturopath. She gave me supplements to support the thyroid and detox my liver. I had to look at Hashimotos as a giant puzzle with lots of little pieces and I had to put each piece into place to complete the picture (Remission). It isn't just a case of taking a pill and it fixes itself. Years of damage from poor diet and lifestyle had to be reversed. Slowly and patiently I worked through each problem that was occurring in my body.  It was like stripping a car down and rebuilding it piece by piece, I had to do the same with my own body.

I researched whenever I had spare time scouring the internet for someone who had beaten Hashimotos and put themselves into remission from the disease.  I found a couple of people who claimed to have done this and that gave me the boost I needed to find my own path to remission. I started seeing a new naturopath, I told her I knew I could get better I just needed someone to believe in me. She said she believed in me.

12 months later working at the disease every day and breaking it down into smaller, easier to manage pieces I received the news that I was in remission, that the antibodies for the disease were no longer present in my body. My doctor was baffled he even rechecked initial blood tests questioning if I even had the correct diagnosis in the first place. The blood tests didn’t lie. The first person I called was my naturopath, she will never know the power of her words the day she told me she believed in me.

Three years after my diagnosis (January 2014) I received follow up blood tests, I had managed to stay in remission for over 12 months and the doctor said I no longer needed to take any thyroid medication. The first person I called was my naturopath.

Now that I am in remission and know that I have the knowledge and passion for nutrition, health and wellbeing I want to be the person who believes in you when you need it most. I want to help you with your health and lifestyle goals. I want to be your support in your journey to good health and a happy life. I hope my story inspires you, I would love to hear you say “because of you I didn’t give up” 
             
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalised “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.