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.
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.