It’s really important to me to give people the support I couldn’t find and didn’t have when I was diagnosed with thyroid disease. I remember the day I received that diagnosis. I was simultaneously relieved and felt cursed. After 3 painful years of trying to figure out what was wrong, trying to understand why I didn’t have the energy to do what other new mommies were doing with their precious newborns, and why I always felt sick, being handed a label for what was happening to me felt like a step in the right direction. However, shortly after being diagnosed, I felt in my bones the difficulty of the path I had been set upon. I was worried. What did this mean for myself and my family? Would I be able to recover so I could take care of my young son and have the energy to be a good wife and mother? It seemed unclear, daunting even. Would I be able to heal? Is this a life sentence?
The doctor who diagnosed me was the 13th one I had appealed to for help. I had been in the hospital twice for these mysterious symptoms that just cropped up out of the darkness one day. I was desperate for help, for guidance, for someone to understand. I was tired of hearing that I was “stressed,” a “hypochondriac,” that it was “all in my head.” Finally, I found a doctor who saw immediately what was going on and who set me down this path of healing myself holistically.
When my doctor gave me the diagnosis of autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s disease, I could not have looked at him more perplexed. How did I get this? Can I get rid of this? Why is this happening to me?
What I am so grateful for is that my doctor sat down and explained ALL the options for treatment to me. He presented me with the standard option – medication – thyroid meds, anti-depressants, cholesterol meds, hormones, the works! But then he said this to me, “Don’t go on the meds. You don’t need them. Your body can heal itself from this disease. The medications, while they will make you feel great in the short-term, will not heal you. They don’t reach the root cause of the issue and can cause major long-term complications like rendering your thyroid completely useless and even attributing to various forms of cancer down the road. You can overcome this yourself.”
I was dumbfounded. Here was a doctor telling me NOT to go on medication. He empowered me to take my health care into my own hands and to support my body in healing itself. What a radical concept! So, that’s what I did.
I read everything out there. I educated myself on all aspects of healing, of autoimmune disease, thyroid dysfunction, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, you name it – I read it. I became trained in holistic healing. I tried out every healing modality I could find…kept the ones that worked and chucked what wasn’t helpful. I created a protocol that could be tailored to anyone with autoimmune and thyroid disease.
Shockingly, this doctor wasn’t able to support me in the actual healing process. He started me off by recommending some books and sent me on my way. It was the best thing a doctor has ever done for me. He gave me back my power to heal. And in the process, I discovered that thyroid disease is not a life sentence. Having this diagnosis actually gave me back my life.[bctt tweet=”Knowledge is power. – Francis Bacon”]
Throughout the journey of reversing the disease and eliminating my symptoms, I had always wished I had someone who I could call for support, to ask questions of, to make sure a healing modality I wanted to try was safe and who was educated in the latest medical research. When I couldn’t find that person for myself, I decided to become that person for others. And now, here I am….at your service.
If you’re ready to take back your own power or are looking for more support on your own health journey, I provide a ton of 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.
Thyroid disease is NOT a life sentence. You can get your life 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.