APPROACHING THYROID HEALTH AS A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
BECKY’S THYROID STORY
Becky is a kindergarten teacher from northern California. She has only recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and has been brave enough to share the start of her journey with us. I love it when I have normal people, just like you and I on the podcast to share their stories. We all will connect to different people in different ways and I deeply believe that Becky’s story will be an encouragement to many.
I connected with Becky through the podcast and my Facebook group and when she told me about how she enlisted the help of her husband and family (she is one of 9 kids!) to with her decision to go gluten free, I knew I had to ask her to share her story on the podcast.
What I loved from our conversation is the way Becky’s has used her skills as a kindergarten teacher to help her learn about thyroid health and teach others (her Mom mainly as a member of her ‘hypothyroid club’
- Key symptoms that made her realise something wasn’t right (severe period problems, migraines, anxiety, depression, tiredness, weight gain, puffiness)
- The way her doctor told her in a throw-away comment “Oh yeah, and you have hypothyroid” but because her Mom has hypothyroidism too, she knew it wasn’t trivial.
- How she has tried to get information from her doctors but has felt they talk over her and ‘firehose’ her with information.
- Becky’s quest for learning took her to books and podcasts (in-step Let’s Talk Thyroid!!).
- How teaching her Mom what she’s learning has helped them both.
- Involving her husband and her broader family in her journey has been really helpful.
- Going gluten free in a family that loves carbs (generational Italian family with recipes passed down many generations!) and where food = love (see tips below).
- Building a support team.
How to approach thyroid health as a kindergarten teacher:
- Don’t assume anything.
- Be ready to learn.
- Learn in bite sized chunks.
- Find someone else to teach.
- We will learn together.
- It’s ok if you don’t have a question yet – you might now know enough to ask a question, so let’s learn, practise then ask questions.
- Allow room to learn, make mistakes without feeling bad.
- Take an experimental approach.
What Becky has learnt about going gluten free:
- Communicating what she needs to her husband and family has been important.
I said to my husband, I think I need to go gluten free but I don’t think I can do it on my own.
- Her family have surprised her with how much effort they’ve made to help her.
I was afraid my family would love me with carbs and carb me to death. Instead, they are loving me into health.
- Role playing different scenarios and strategising ahead of time has been helpful.
I love you AND I can’t eat this.
- She has ‘Marie Kondo’d’ her kitchen into a gluten free kitchen “I’m sucking up all the love that got baked into these cookies and then I can let them go” (she’s enlisted her husband to help make certain foods ‘vanish’ too!) #teameffort
- She’s lost weight, is not as swollen, everything works better, her anxiety & depression have lessened all since she went gluten free.
I love how I feel more that I love how that bread tastes.
Thank you Becky for sharing your thyroid story with us – that takes courage.
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