I sat in church yesterday listening to a sermon about hello’s and goodbyes. Pastor Ben spoke of the beginning, the wandering, and the new. Letting go of things while reaching towards what is to come.
My heart pounded as he spoke about Moses and the 40 years of wandering God used to prepare his children for the promised land. The time was not wasted, but the Israelites grumbled and complained because at least the slavery back in Egypt was consistent, organized, even comfortable.
I realized how in-between my life has been for the past few months, searching for answers I did not know I needed before mid-October.
After an early-detection mammogram and thyroid ultrasound, I received news that I had a goiter (growth) on my thyroid along with a few nodules. Blood test results revealed my thyroid antibodies were 196.8 instead of the normal range of 1 to 9. Three biopsies were performed on the goiter and while the goiter turned out to be benign, I was gifted with an official diagnosis of Hashimoto’s.
“Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition that happens to affect the thyroid gland. This means that our immune system begins to recognize the thyroid gland as a foreign invader and begins to attack it, eventually leading to a destruction of thyroid tissue. When this destruction goes on long enough, the person will lose their ability to produce thyroid hormone.
Hashimoto’s is a progressive autoimmune condition that results in the destruction of the thyroid gland and leads to hypothyroidism, and in some cases, to other types of autoimmune conditions.”(1)
Usually, people suffer for years with mysterious symptoms and go through many visits to different doctors before a clear diagnosis is given.
I call my situation the “accidental diagnosis” because I had no idea this was going on in my body. Since my thyroid hormone levels are not high enough to indicate destruction, my doctor has decided to monitor my health every six months.
This means the Hashimoto’s will continue to attack my thyroid while I begin to experience side effects and my health will slowly deteriorate.
Talk about great news.
Now let’s go back to the pastor’s message about Moses.
The wandering I’ve experienced over the last few months has been nothing short of strange. In doing research about Hashimoto’s I’ve discovered alternative treatments that involve a total lifestyle change. Food allergies/sensitivities seem to play a major role in the disease. Stress, little sleep, too much exercise, and trauma to the body are all factored into its’ progression.
Instead of experimenting with an elimination diet I chose to move forward with a food sensitivity blood test done by a third party. I’m waiting for those results to hopefully come back this week. I’m counting on this to help me make the necessary changes to counteract what’s happening to me.
I also added some supplements to my daily regimen.
I’ve been experiencing changes in my exercise routine and energy levels. I cannot work out as long as I used to, as I often feel drained after 35 minutes or so. If I do a full hour I have little energy for the rest of the day.
I share all of this with you because you may be in the middle of a wandering season, facing major changes in your life that seem daunting.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Whatever you are facing remember how God went before you, is there right now with you, and will make a way for you.
Are you looking for resources about Hashimoto’s or another Autoimmune Disease? Below are some books/sites that I have found helpful so far.