Taking Charge of my Health, Part 1

With the cost of today’s healthcare and subsequent medications, taking charge of your health should be a priority. 

You should never accept a prescription medication from your physician without asking questions. Sometimes the side effects can be worse than the symptoms you are already experiencing. While I am not a medical doctor, I have experienced first hand the outcomes of not taking control of your health. 

It’s not that we don’t totally trust our doctors, most are doing what they were taught in medical school. Many do know better but if they did not prescribe pharmaceuticals their financial picture would not be as rosy. 

For years I felt tired all the time, my joints ached and I was unhappy. At first, I was told it was my thyroid, which they tried to kill with radioactive iodine. Thanks to everyone who prayed over me, that did not work and I still have my thyroid, however instead of graves or hyperthyroid, I had hashimotos and a hypothyroid. But the effects of not feeling well were beginning to take its toll on me. Not feeling well spills over into every area of your life. It especially effects your attitude and as we all know, attitude is 90% of everything.

After losing 40 pounds in about a month from the Graves Disease and then gaining it right back after the radioactive iodine treatment, I could not lose weight no matter what. I had digestive issues, my feet swelled and there was no energy to be found inside my body. It was a struggle to get through each day but by the grace of God, get through I did. 

I began going back to the doctors to try and get better. The thyroid specialist wanted to biopsy my thyroid every six months as there were nodules on my right side and they wanted to keep a check on them. Don’t know if you have ever had a biopsy but they would not deaden my neck prior to the biopsy and they wanted to stick me six times. After the fourth time I could not take the pain and made them stop. I also did not intend to go back for more biopsies though they kept pushing me and even called to try and schedule more a couple of times. No thank you.

I began doing some research on my own and then a friend of mine told me about alternative doctors in Atlanta whom she was going to after experiencing some of the same symptoms I was having at the time. I did research on them. They actually practice integrative medicine which combines alternative medicine with traditional medical and they have medical doctors on staff as well. They treat the whole person and do not want to just cover up your symptoms with prescribed medicines. Prescribed medicines do not cure anything only cover up your symptoms and help control the disease whatever it may be, which you still have. These doctors wanted me to be cured.

Some of the tests were distasteful but the end result would be worth any aggravation. In doing research I also discovered that doing biopsies allows air into the area they are taking the biopsy from and that can actually make the problem worse.

When test results came back, I was also gluten intolerant. I would learn that Hashimoto’s Disease feeds on gluten. As one who loved to bake and eat breads of all kinds, that was like being hit in the head with a baseball. It would require a whole lifestyle change and that would also mean trying to get my family on board as well. I could not fathom not eating homemade biscuits or having chicken and dumplings. But, I resolved myself to the idea that if I wanted to become healthy and to feel better, I had to make changes. More on this later. Wishing you a blessed week and thank you for reading about my journey so far.


About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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