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Magic, Yoga, Mexico and Me – A Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Journey

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Magic, Yoga, Mexico and Me - A Hashimoto's Thyroiditis JourneySissy Maga, Thyroid Thrivers
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41 years old
San Mateo, Mexico
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
2010

I saw the BEST doctor in my country, Mexico and still my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis went undetected.

I am an active person. I love using my body in a creative way and always have, as long as I can remember (ha! some days are better than others with my memory). When I was young, I loved ice skating and as an adult, I moved on to yoga, aerials and Pilates. People energize me and I love entertaining so, in addition to all of that, I started using those talents to showcase another love I have, MAGIC! I am also a professional Magician.  🙂

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Creative and active are two words that absolutely describe me, who I am and what I live for. So, when I started gaining a bunch of weight and not wanting to be social anymore, I knew something was very wrong. At the age of 36 I, regrettably, had a hysterectomy. That is when the real health troubles started. My body started to completely change, as was expected when you get your uterus taken out, right?! Wrong. These changes were not normal. I could tell. I knew my body better than anyone. At this point, I had to search for my own answers. I went on a hunt, not realizing it was to be a life-long journey, for a doctor and some help. The first doctor, was no assistance at all and so I moved on.

Blurry vision, more weight gain, losing clumps of hair….could this be how my days were going to be from now on?

I started to question everything. Doubting the medical community came next. I wasn’t getting the care I needed or deserved. I was sad and almost hopeless. The next healthcare provider sent me on my next goose chase, to see an Opthomologist. My good friend just happened to doctor in this field. I went to his an office and after describing my symptoms, and my roller coaster adventure, he kindly said:

Dear, your problem isn’t with your eyes. It is much deeper of an issue and I think, it begins with your thyroid. Your next stop needs to be with a well-established endocrinologist .

Magic, Yoga, Mexico and Me -- A Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Journey

I did exactly that. In Mexico, I visited the BEST endocrinologist my country had to offer. 50 mg of Karet (Levothyroxine), and a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis was all he had to offer. No explanations, no looking at what might have been the cause. He never even asked about my activities, my lifestyle, my eating habits -NOTHING! More weight gain, more depression and more anxiety followed. Along with a visit back to see this ‘specialist’. He changed the dose, lowering it by 25 mg. This yo-yo became my life over the next 2 years. I was putting on the pounds and never getting any better. In fact, I was getting much worse. Really?!

Finally, I was at my tipping point, both with my weight and my patience. I went to this well-established doctor and begged and pleaded for him to do something, anything.  His response was devastating and enlightening at the same time:

OK, I recommend doing surgery to take your thyroid gland out. A thyroidectomy, to help you alleviate your Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis symptoms.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  Distraught, frightened and unable to think or function anymore, I wanted to give up. Then, thankfully, the love of my life, my husband, found another more natural doctor. We went to see him immediately and I had a it was like a revelation. TA DAAAA! (always a magician at heart) This amazing doctor said, “We will make you feel better through medicine AND diet. You need to be eating protein and a few, healthy carbohydrates.  Cheating 1 day will set you back 3 days, so be conscience of what you are eating. You are very lucky you came to see me when you did, as you were almost in a coma — Mydexema.

Talk about being relived and elated. I followed his instructions exactly. Four months later, I was well on my way and had lost 10 kilos (@ 25 pounds). Almost a year after this miraculous and life-changing appointment, I was down more that 45 pounds and feeling better than ever.

Through his encouragement, I started reading and researching, becoming an advocate for myself. I learned so much about autoimmune disease , super foods , and as many holistic treatments as you could think of. I not only wanted to heal, I wanted to THRIVE.  One of the best things I did for myself, was to become certified in Auriculotherapy, or ear acupuncture. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively [1]. It has been a wonderful tool and I have been able to help so many people in the process. And I LOVE people.

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Finally, I am back to me. Being active, social and using my creative talent to inspire others with this same condition has been a wonderful journey. No one should suffer with this disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, on the wrong medicine, for as long as I did. I will continue to share my love of magic, Mexico, yoga, yogaereo and auricuotherapy, to teach and support others everything I can, along the way.

 

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