I cringe sometimes when I have to tell a waiter I’m gluten free. Sometimes I’m overly apologetic, as if it’s my fault I can’t have gluten. I’d love to not be gluten free, but it was one of the first things that really worked at helping to ease my symptoms when I was first diagnosed with Graves Disease.Read More
When I was diagnosed with Graves, the one thing I was not was thankful. On one hand, I was scared, confused, tired, in pain and very worried about how my life would look. On the other, I had an answer, I now knew why I was constantly feeling so sick, why my hair was falling out, why my heart would pound so hard some nights that I thought it would fly out of my chest.
But, now what?
I'm not gonna lie, I love sweets. I love the art of baking little treats, the ritual of going in the kitchen and gathering ingredients, quietly collecting items while I wonder "will this turn out?" which is par for the course when you're baking gluten free!Read More
How do you define success? Some folks define it through money and objects, trinkets or other “things" like collectibles, cars or homes. Others will tell you success is when they can get out of bed in the morning and make their own meal because they are so ill.
Success is subjective, it’s not something we can define as a “when we get there moment" - or is it?Read More
I figured if I'm going to open this up as a spot for anyone to talk about Graves Disease, I should be honest and open with you about my journey so far - so with that disclaimer, let's talk about one of the ah-mazing side effects of Graves Disease:
My fave snacks are the easiest to make - right? I'm prone to grabbing a bag of potato chips (or 'crisps' as they are called here in New Zealand) if I REALLY need something to eat. Now, if you think about it we all need a little balance in our lives so I can say I deserve those chips on a daily basis, because 90% of the time I'm making good, healthy eating choices, but would that always be good for me? Nah...Read More
I was diagnosed in 2011 with an auto-immune disease known as Grave's Disease. Grave's Disease is a thyroid disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). The signs and symptoms of Grave's can be challenging for the patient as well as the doctors involved – my own prognosis took over 8 months. The side effects mimicked other illnesses, and I was being misdiagnosed... meanwhile I was losing my hair, exhausted to the point I couldn't get out of bed for more than 5 minutes, and my heart felt on some days like it was slamming its way out of my chest. I was told I had everything but a thyroid disorder by at least three doctors. In fact, my old endocrinologist used to tell me if it hadn't been for me pushing for more tests and asking "why" it may not have been caught...Read More
If anyone had told me 5 years ago that I'd be living in Wellington New Zealand and loving it, I wouldn't have laughed. I would have been straight up confused, cause I'm pretty sure I wasn't 100% on where New Zealand was located then. Sad, I know, but hey... I'm honest.Read More
February 14th. Valentine's Day, the day of love! It's such a simple day with a sweet message, yet every year we hear about the woes of those who simply do not want to celebrate this day or those who cry "foul!" because this holiday was made up by Hallmark.
I used to be this person...Read More