One of the best ways to learn about something, is to experience it yourself. Many naturopaths come to this industry due to their own health issues, which they found didn’t respond to mainstream medicine and they went on the search for alternatives. Their experience of ill health and recovery gives them a lot of empathy and understanding.
I was a little different, being interested in health and healing from a very young age, but my experience with severe adrenal fatigue and a thyroid disorder sent me delving into this subject in-depth, and has led me to have a great knowledge of these issues.
While that is fantastic and I’ve been able to assist hundreds of people to recover from their thyroid problems, my own journey is still ongoing in this area. Even though my health has improved a thousand fold from when I was very ill and bed-ridden with what appeared to be “chronic fatigue” – but was actually adrenal and thyroid failure – I still don’t consider myself cured as yet.
So what is it like living with glands that are incredibly sensitive?
Well, in some ways it is a good thing! My adrenals will soon tell me if I’ve been pushing myself too hard, so the perfectionist, workaholic has had to learn some balance! Which I am still not very good at, but I am improving. If I don’t take enough time out to rest, I will end up having what I call a “fatigue” day, a day where I have brain fog, a great need to rest and a feeling of weakness. Luckily these don’t happen too often now.
Easy weight gain is another issue. When my thyroid is not at it’s optimal function, it is very easy to put on weight. Then it is recognising what is going on with the thyroid and supporting and nourishing it. Stress certainly is implicated here, and I find that the thyroid is very sensitive to stress, so the happier and more balanced my life is, the better my thyroid works.
So for me, there has been some amazing gifts and learnings from having these health issues, and of course there is a big emotional component that goes into the creation of these disorders in the first place. So I approach my healing as a multi-faceted, integrated journey, where there is not just one answer to healing, but many factors that all play a role.
So, day to day I would consider myself pretty healthy, but I know my areas of sensitivity and where I still have things to learn and to heal. So that is one reason why I understand and have great empathy for anyone dealing with fatigue issues – I’ve been there and know how debilitating it can be. However, I am living proof that it doesn’t have to be a life-sentence and you can recover and live a life full of energy and vitality, even if you do need to curb those perfectionist, workaholic tendencies a bit