It’s easy for me to talk about how hard it is to live with thyroid disease, but these emails remind me of what it’s really like.
“I cannot do this anymore…”
They remind me that not only are these symptoms real and devastating…
“My marriage is ruined because of my disease… I look and feel horrible…”
…but that there are real people out there who are suffering, desperate for help.
“I just want to die really. I don’t know what to do…”
Those words are from an actual email I received, and it’s not the first, nor (I’m afraid) will it be the last.
To those of you feeling like you can’t cope, like your life is no longer worth living, like you can’t go on, I first want to say thank you so much for reaching out for help — whether you’ve emailed me, or just come and visited my blog, it means that you’re not ready to give up yet. You still want to live. You want to believe you can get better.
I want to tell you that you are not alone. And you can get better. I promise.
I personally know how devastating this disease can be and how many parts of our lives it can affect. When I was suffering from Hashimoto’s, I had moments when I felt like I wanted to die, when I had nothing to give to anyone else or myself, when I was fed up with being sick all the time.
It was horrible and… I HEAR YOU. I hear your suffering. And I am listening.
I want to let you know there is hope. The disease can be reversed and you can get your life back again. You have to make the choice to do that, though. You have to make the commitment to making different choices with your food and your lifestyle that will support your healing. Once you do that, once you commit to feeling better, healing will be yours!
You WILL get better. You WILL feel normal again. And you WILL get your life back.
Important FREE resources to get the help you need.
First and foremost, if you are truly feeling like you can’t handle life anymore and want to die, I urge you to contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline. The people there are kind and understanding and can help you get the help you need.
When you’re ready to take the next step, to start to heal and feel better, here are articles and e-books I’ve written that will help.
1. Go to The Depression Sessions – this powerful resource gives you the tools to prevent and reverse depression.
2. Also, head over to Thyroid Loving Care’s free-e-courses and sign up for the FREE 15-day e-course. It will guide you through the first steps to reversing your thyroid or autoimmune condition.
3. Read through this article on Depression & Thyroid and this article on Stress & Thyroid. There are more helpful resources right here on the blog. You can search on any topic from the search bar on the right side bar.
4. You can watch a very important interview on the food/mood connection at Your BEST Thyroid Life that will change the way you see food. It can be one of your greatest allies!
5. Ask for help! – See a doctor and/or specialist and let them know what you’re experiencing (free healthcare is available through the U.S./State government if you’re dealing with financial hardship).
You have options. The resources are there for the taking.
I wish you all the best on your healing journey. It takes courage to make the first steps in your healing and you’ve done that by staying in the game and seeking out someone who will listen.
With oodles of TLC,
If you’re ready to take your health back into your own hands and reclaim your life from thyroid disease, I also offer these resources on healing your thyroid naturally, including:
- Our totally free Thyroid Healing Type Assessment, Report and Coaching Sessions
- Right here on my blog, where I talk about what’s worked best for me and my clients, as well as the latest research and resources I come across. You can subscribe to get new blog posts delivered right to your email by signing up on the righthand side of the page.
- My book, Healing Hashimoto’s Naturally — part memoir, part instruction manual for how I personally healed my Hashimoto’s disease.
- My exclusive free 6 Thyroid Myths That Can Keep You From Healing workshop — with info on the comprehensive Thyroid Fix in 6 program, which walks you through, step-by-step, the exact actions you need to take to heal your thyroid and get your life back! We’ve seen hundreds of participants in the Thyroid Fix in 6 avoid, decrease, or even eliminate the need need for thyroid medications.
- The incredible Your Best Thyroid Life Video Bundle, in which I personally invited 27 of the world’s top health experts to share their best tips for living with and healing thyroid disease.
Just remember, no one can do this for you. Only you can take the steps and make the choices to make life better and healing a reality. It starts with you…and YOU CAN DO THIS! You are not alone. We’ve got your back.
Jen Wittman is a Certified Holistic Health Expert, Chef, Author & Vitality Coach, who teaches women how to reverse thyroid and autoimmune conditions naturally. She’s helped hundreds of women decrease (or even eliminate) their thyroid medications and has helped others stay off thyroid medication entirely.
Through her free Thyroid Healing Type Assessment, Jen teaches easy and simple steps to thyroid healing that can fit into your busy day. She also provides print outs to bring to your next doctor’s appointment so you can get the support and respect you deserve.