My name is Abril.
I’m 21 years old and I obviously love all things natural.
In 2011, when I was 15 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and that became a very life changing moment for me. I was constantly losing and gaining weight, feeling tired and depressed, and constantly wanting something more because I felt like a part of me was always missing.
I lost about 30 pounds in 2014, but it was because I was starving myself without even knowing it. I only ate about 800-1000 calories a day, most of it carbs, and I had lost a lot of my muscle mass. For some reason, during that time I just never had an appetite and actually forgot to eat most of the time. I became very malnourished and even my doctors were telling me I needed to gain weight and eat healthier. I ended up gaining some weight, and even more than needed, in 2015. At that point, I started working and going to school full time. I tried to diet and exercise, but I was even more exhausted than before since I was so busy. I didn’t know what else to do except at least maintain myself as much as I could.
When I talked to my endocrinologist, he prescribed me a shot that regulated my metabolism and helped me lose weight. I did lose about 10 lbs in 5 months, but I didn’t want to rely on drugs. Even now, I only on 88 mcg of Levothyroxine and I’m constantly wondering if it’s even worth it, or if anything was even worth it if my thyroid was going to self destruct anyway and leave me feeling worse and worse for the rest of my life.
Then I realized, “it doesn’t matter.”
So I decided to make it matter.
In 2016 I got engaged on a whim. I just felt in love and happy and that was it. I didn’t want to look for anyone else anymore. We knew each other for a while, but had only started dating again for a short time and then I actually asked him to marry me. And he said yes. So that was… that. (And yes, we are still married.) I felt great because I made a decision that was so spontaneous and unplanned, and I was scared, but I was happy. Then I ended up moving to Brooklyn, NY. And that was another running-on-adrenaline decision. I dropped out of college to learn game development and programming from home, having my husband as a mentor. He and I are now creating our own business and asset. I stopped taking all other medications except my Levothyroxine and here I am. Starting this journey with my husband. I decided that life does not matter, but you have to make the parts of life that make you happy matter. Those pieces will change you and will make you better, and that’s what matters because that’s the only thing in life you can control – yourself.
I’m starting a health journey next month to learn more about my body and how I can use food and exercise to not only look better, but feel better. I want to find a way to stop taking Levothyroxine and help others alleviate and perhaps cure their illnesses and diseases with diet and exercise. I plan on becoming a Dietitian in the future for the sake of getting a license, but for now I will be using myself as the guinea pig, and once I find a solution that works, I will ask many of you who are reading this now to try it with me as well.
Thank you for stopping by and taking your time to read some of this if not all.