Why You Should Make Time For Your Friends

We all have busy lives. Whether it’s a new job, new baby, ballgames or something else–it’s important to make time for our friends. Plus, it’s fun to hang with your friends. Laughing is good for your soul.

Here are 10 reasons you should make time for your friends.

  1. If you stop hanging with your friends, they will stop including you.
  2. When you really need them, they won’t be there. — Someday your kids will leave home and you will really need your girlfriends.
  3. Girlfriends are the best at listening and understand you. We all need friends to confide in and blow off steam with.
  4. It’s pretty boring reminiscing alone.
  5. Good friends know each other better than anyone.
  6. You need vacation partners! ūüėČ
  7. You need a life outside your spouse/mama hat!
  8. You need a life outside of work.
  9. Laughter is the best medicine.
  10. Let’s face it…girls are fun!

Listen Up, Ladies – Raising awareness about thyroid disease

A few years ago I was to the point where I was thinking about getting counseling.¬† (yep, I’m going to be completely honest here) I had absolutely no patience with my kids or hubby really. Any little thing left sitting out in the house, kids didn’t do what I wanted the split second I asked —¬† I was losing my patience in a flipping second.¬† I remember telling my husband there is something wrong with me. I could feel the anxiety rise in my chest and I remember thinking my kids are getting older and easier, why is my patience level getting less and less? The anxiety and patience level is what caused me concerns and all I could think was something was wrong with me mentally. My thoughts never went to something wrong with me medically. I was too young for that. What I wasn’t paying attention to is the many other issues I had going on that were all linked together.

It took my mom breaking out with a hives like rash all over her body, losing her hair and seeing multiple doctors before she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Her doctor recommended all her daughters getting checked.

“Health is like money. We never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” — Josh Billings

Hashimoto’s – What the heck is that?

I googled it and the tears started to flow. OMG! I knew I had it and I wasn’t flipping crazy. Every article I stumbled across would start with something like this.

Are you tired all the time even after getting a full night’s sleep? Do you find yourself forgetting where your keys are or where you parked your car? Or perhaps you’re dealing with cold hands/feet, hair loss, difficulty losing weight, mood swings, depression, or anxiety, constipation, dry skin, heavy menstrual cycles, low sex drive or hormonal imbalances? If any of that sounds familiar, you could have Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune condition of your thyroid.

I HAD ALL OF THE SIGNS!¬† I just had no idea they were all related. I made an appointment, got tested and sure enough I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis disease. (autoimmune disease)¬† If you have any of the signs above, google the disease to read more about it and get tested. The list above isn’t all the signs. For example, if thyroid hormone levels are too low, they can affect the hormonal mechanisms that regulate the menstrual cycle and trigger ovulation. This can lead to¬†infertility, which can affect up to 50 percent of women with Hashimoto’s, according to¬†research¬†published in the¬†International Journal of Endocrinology.

Me and my hubby

Thankful for this guy and his patience with me through this journey.

It’s a slow progressing disease. I think as mom’s we push off the signs. For example, being tired. I figured that was from a busy job, running to practices and games with my kids, etc. I had some extra pounds on me but figured I wasn’t trying hard enough to lose the extra weight from having the kids. I had dry skin. I went to 3 different doctors that diagnosed me with eczema. I had heavier cycles but thought I just had that change after having my kids. I went through a terrible hair loss in 2002. We had bought a home in January, got married in May, I graduated in August and started losing my hair in September. I went to multiple doctors then and all said stress. That I had multiple life-changing events all at once. I never got my thickness of my hair back since that time so I really think this time in my life is when the onstart occured.¬†¬†I had a reason for all the signs except the anxiety and lack of patience.

Genetics, autoimmune diseases, and being female increase your risk

Hashimoto‚Äôs disease affects more women than men. As a largely “invisible” disease in the early stages, Hashimoto’s is often only discovered during a routine exam when thyroid hormone levels are found to be abnormally low. As Hashimoto’s disease tends to run in families, you may be well served to have yourself tested if someone in your family has the disease or you experience the classic signs of hypothyroidism. If you think you have it, insist on the testing. Hashimoto’s disease places you at increased risk of not only¬†thyroid cancer¬†but¬†colorectal cancer¬†as well. Early diagnosis and treatment lead to better outcomes.

90% of those with thyroid disease have Hashimoto’s¬†

Why is this stat important? Because if you only have thyroid disease generally just taking medicine helps. If you have Hashimoto’s there are diet changes you need to make as well to feel your best and treat the disease.

Life with Hashimoto’s

I am by no means complaining about this disease. I know life could be much worse. My post is to serve to raise awareness as I wish I had been diagnosed YEARS earlier and it’s a very common disease in women.

I went from just taking a multi-vitamin to taking 7 pills a day. (I’m telling ya needing a pill organizer made me feel a tad old.) It’s been a roller coaster ride with balancing my levels/meds. I FEEL so much better than I did 3 years ago. I have lost those extra pounds, I have patience/less anxiety, I’m not tired like I used to be, etc. I have consistently had to increase my dosage over the past 3 years trying to find the balance of levels in the range and feeling my best. I can certainly tell now when my levels are off. The immediate signs when my levels are off is falling asleep early evening or getting testy. It’s become a joke in my home that if my “cat back” comes out I need to get my levels tested. I am still getting blood work done every 6 weeks to watch my levels.¬† I am by no means “fixed” but I have improved.

before and after of hair

My current hair condition! With and without extensions.

I recently went to a dermatologist because my hair loss is a struggle. (I want back what hair I had.) You might be thinking from my posts my hair looks great. Ya, thankfully I have a sister that is a talented stylist and disguised my struggle with extensions.

I’m still challenged with my diet. One of the first things the doctor told me and if you research you will find is gluten is an issue. I’ve cut that out but now as I research this disease more I’m finding if you still aren’t feeling your best to try cutting diary. I look for more changes to be made soon as I really want to get to the bottom of my hair loss issues.

Great book –¬†http://thyroidbook.com/

Moving Forward

If you have any of the signs, I recommend asking for the test. If you have been diagnosed, please share what has worked for you!¬† Email me, message me in the comments, etc. I’d love to hear about your journey with Hashimoto’s.