For more than 12 years, I have been suffering from Hypothyroidism, which means I have an under-active Thyroid gland. It is not uncommon, but it has been tricky to find just the right medication and dosage to regulate it. Low iron and adrenal fatigue have not helped my situation.
This January, I learned that my health took another turn for the worse, and my Hypothyroidism turned into an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. The more I researched, the more I realized that my journey back to health was going to be a long one.
And this made me lose heart.
My health became a preoccupation, and I became anxious and discouraged. Will this keep getting worse? What can I do to get better? How can I focus on my health without it taking over my life?
I ended up on a roller coaster of emotions. I took my medication and supplements like clockwork. I followed my eating and exercise plan to a T. But then I’d swing the other way. Since I wanted a quick solution and was not looking at my health as a long-term goal, I grew discouraged after only a few weeks. I became overwhelmed by all that I was trying to do for my health, on top of my normal mom duties and household tasks. I regarded myself as unsuccessful, and negative thoughts prevented me from persevering in my quest for true holistic health.
I cried out to God, “How can I be a good mom to these six children when I am battling fatigue, weight gain and brain fog? Why are You allowing this? What is Your plan in this? It seems so unfair to my kids, Lord.”
Click over to CatholicMom.com to find out how God responded to my plea and how I am learning to walk by faith and not just by sight.