My labs are normal and I no longer have Grave’s Disease – however I now have Hashimoto’s (?)

I know I haven’t written anything in well over a year, and after reading my last post over again last night I feel really bad cause I said that I was going to be writing more, and it took me 9 months from my previous post to write THAT post. Whoops. So now I have this really guilty feeling in the pit of my stomach, like the feeling I have when it’s May and I still haven’t written out Thank You cards for Christmas gifts. I probably feel that way because I haven’t been writing, like AT ALL, for the past year and the above metaphor isn’t so much a metaphor, it’s very true, I haven’t even written friggin’ thank you cards. (Sorry Aunties and Uncles!) I just haven’t been writing.

But that’s about to change.

You all deserve an update because I’m doing great and I should really be sharing my story. Cause maybe I could actually help someone else save their thyroid too.

If you haven’t been keeping up with my story, 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and Hyperthyroidism and was told by every single doctor I saw, natural or otherwise, there was nothing I could do to help myself and that I had to “kill my thyroid” (that is a direct quote from a Doctor).

I opted not to do that because it didn’t make any fucking sense to me. I went an extreme route and found a medical medium who told me to go on a vegan, corn free diet for a year, and that the virus I had that was masquerading as hyperthyroidism would die off. I did that, and cured myself.

I followed the diet for a year. I AM NO LONGER VEGAN. If you want reasons, you can read my last post. At this time, I follow a primarily organic, vegetarian diet. I do eat cheese and eggs and corn. I also eat fish. I believe the diet saved my thyroid, in addition to me finding my voice, speaking my truth, and healing my 3rd chakra. I 100% believe there is a correlation between thyroid disease and speaking your personal truth. This is something I have struggled with my entire life. I am a recovered bulimic, a perfectionist, a people pleaser, constantly seeking other people’s approval, and not being truthful with my words for fear of not being liked for it. This character trait is DISASTROUS for your thyroid. If you are reading this and you have thyroid disease, I really want you to dig deep right now and ask yourself if you are speaking your truth. Are you living true to yourself? You can heal yourself, I promise you. It all starts and ends with you.

That is what this blog has been about.

Okay so apologies for the horrible photos below but these are my most recent labs, taken December 2015.

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My most recent labs show that my thyroid is producing all hormones within a normal range. However, they also show it is still producing antibodies, even though my other numbers are normal.

The strange thing is that the antibody profile is completely different from the last time I had the test done, which was about 3 1/2 years ago.  I only had it done once before because I didn’t have insurance at the time and the test was really expensive. But that test showed I had Grave’s Disease, and this test shows I have Hashimoto’s. So I don’t really know, my current doctor is kind of confused, as am I. But the bottom line is that even though I feel great now and everything is in range, my thyroid is still basically attacking itself, and I’m not 100% in the clear. I still need to be careful with my diet and everything else because there’s always the chance the symptoms will come back.

Yes, the route I took was extreme, and I cured myself yet I’m still at risk – but I STILL HAVE MY THYROID.  And I feel awesome! And I’ve learned so much about myself throughout this whole illness. If I had to do it all over again, I would do the exact same thing.

So do me a favor, listen to your body! Ask yourself what you can do to help yourself. Have trust and faith that the path you choose is always the right one, no matter what anyone else thinks.

That’s it for now.

Love, Shauna

I really have saved my Thyroid.

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Everyone who thought I was crazy for starting this diet can suck it. Seriously. Sorry, it wasn’t my intention to start off my first post in 9 months with a statement of anger, but I just really wanted to say that. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of doctors, friends, acquaintances, strangers and loved ones who berated me for sticking to my gut and trusting myself, rather than trusting a bunch of doctors who believed they knew my body better than I did. Sure I took the long way around, and yes the method I chose was definitely extreme, but look at me now! After 1.5 years on a (mostly) vegan diet, I still have my thyroid, and most of my numbers are actually IN NORMAL RANGE. Take a look at my newest labs again if you haven’t already.

If you can’t see the photo,

TSH                                              <0.006 uIU/mL

Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum       2.9  pg/mL

T4, Free (Direct)                            1.23 ng/dL

I do apologize that it has taken me so long to write an update. This year has been tumultuous to say the least. The main reason I haven’t posted in so long is because when my relationship ended, so did my health insurance. These are the first labs I’ve had done since February, simply because I wasn’t having any symptoms, and I really didn’t want to pay to get blood work done. Last month I finally got health insurance again through Obama Care, so I can now at least continue to post my future labs.

After my last post, and many situations that evolved in my personal life thereafter, I realized that there definitely is a time and a place for the truth. And sometimes the truth isn’t always the best choice for the moment. At this moment, I choose to be limited with the truths I reveal. So here are my current truths I believe you should know:

1. I am no longer vegan. I am still vegetarian but it is difficult to label my diet. Since I moved in January, a lot has changed. I try to eat as vegan as possible, but dairy has definitely worked it’s way back into my diet. I try not to eat a lot of cream and milk because it bothers my stomach, but I do eat a lot of cheese. I still avoid eggs as much as possible, but every so often, I eat something fried or some kind of baked good that I know isn’t egg-free. I also eat fish once, maybe twice a month. And I definitely eat WAY too much bread. And pizza. Living alone, I cook a lot less. And cooking for one is very different than cooking for 2 or 3. Honestly I’ve gotten really lazy, I hardly cook anymore. I started making a lot of quesadillas, grilled cheeses, salads, reheating frozen stuff, eating take-out…. that’s the truth. I’m not advocating the current diet I’m on in any way though. It’s not how I really would like to be eating. At least my thyroid isn’t suffering. But I would like to make more of an effort to cook more, I miss it.

2. I am no longer working with Anthony William. Simply because he was too busy, and I needed more attention. Through a mutual friend I found an amazing doctor who I have been working with since February named Dr. Sierra Levy. She works out of Maui, Hawaii. I speak to her on the phone, I have never actually met her in person. I don’t know how to describe what she does exactly but she is AMAZING. She is an MD, but works mainly with homeopathy and a technique she developed called Resonance Therapy. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND her for anything and everything, she is one of the most gifted healers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

3. I have Manic Depression. I really hate labels but I feel the need to explain that the last post I wrote was written during a manic episode. I wish I hadn’t revealed everything I revealed in that post, but it’s too late now, it’s out there. And everything I wrote was definitely true. But I read that post back now and I almost feel like someone else wrote it. It’s a really strange feeling.

Anyways.

That’s enough truth telling for 2014.

I still firmly believe I saved my thyroid by going vegan, and speaking my truth. I also believe that if I continue moving forward on a path of health, healing and staying true to myself, I will have a much better chance of staying healthy. I am not cured, by any means. My body is still producing Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) at a very high rate, meaning I still do have Grave’s Disease, and for whatever reason my body is still basically attacking itself. But I am not in any danger at this point. Unless I start to show any symptoms I don’t have to get my labs done again for another 6 months. Even the nurse practitioner who went over my labs with me said, with my numbers at where they’re at now, she wouldn’t recommend any medication, just to watch my gluten intake and to come back in 6 months.

So my advice still remains, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! TRUST YOURSELF! I am saving my thyroid, and so can you!

Thanks for reading.

Shauna

It is 2014 and I have PROOF that I AM SAVING MY THYROID!! Timeline of My Labs.

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Ok so these numbers may still look high to you but if I show you where I started (and I will!) you will be like WHOA!

When I was first diagnosed with hyperthyroidism on AUGUST 9, 2012, these were my labs:

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I don’t know exactly what all the numbers mean but I do know that they were all super high, except for my TSH (which has not budged very far from <.006 throughout this whole process).

So after 2 months on METHIMAZOLE, prescribed by my prior endocrinologist, these were my labs from 3/4/13:

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The Rx made my thyroid slow down way too much too fast, which is why I ended up gaining 25 lbs while taking the meds. I stopped taking the Rx the day after I received these results.

After only 2 months of stopping the medicine, my numbers climbed back up to basically where I had started. Here are my labs from when I FIRST started the vegan diet (labs are dated 5/14/13):

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These were taken 6 months later, on 9/24/13:

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And finally, the big kahuna, my labs after 9 months, taken 12/24/13:

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🙂

If for some reason you can’t see these photos,

My (FREE)T4 was 4.54 at the start of the diet, after 9 months it has dropped to 2.44.

My (FREE T3) started at 22.1. It is now 6.5.

I AM A WALKING, TALKING, FREAKING MIRACLE!

And I feel AMAZING!

I still have a ways to go before I am technically “normal” again, but compared to where I started, I am light years ahead of my wildest wishes.  I am balancing my thyroid through diet – and diet alone! – and that is all I ever wanted or could have wished for.

Anthony said I would be back to “normal” in 1 year. I really, truly, can say that I whole heartedly believe he is correct, and my thyroid WILL be back to normal by May of this year.

THANK YOU ANTHONY WILLIAM! You are a miracle worker. I believe 🙂

Anthony’s Site:   http://www.medicalmedium.net/

Please post comments, I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

I would like to keep my Thyroid please.

This is the last day I, Shauna McCoy, will eat meat, eggs, or dairy products for the next year. The reason is that I have been diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and Hyperthyroidism, and against the will of my endocrinologist, I want to keep my Thyroid. According to western medicine, the only answer to my problem is “Killing my Thyroid” through radiation or surgery. I have “Killing my Thyroid” in quotations because that is a direct quote from my endocrinologist, who will remain unnamed. For whatever reason, I very strongly do not agree with that statement. I believe my thyroid is a vital organ and I want to keep it. So I am going to do whatever is necessary in order to do so… basically my last hope is a Vegan diet, and tomorrow is Day 1.

Let me say that I have been Vegan before, from 2006 to 2008 I did not eat any animal products whatsoever. But I lived in Los Angeles where there are a plethora of amazingly delicious Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants and it was incredibly easy to be Vegan and satisfied. In November of 2008 I moved to Sedona, Arizona where there were 2 vegan restaurants, and I started to get bored. I soon after met my boyfriend Colin, who is a serious meat eater, and by 2010 I was eating hamburgers, sushi, ribs, wings, bacon… you get the point. We moved to Phoenix in October 2010 and have been here ever since.

I started feeling ill in May of 2011. I was getting overheated, sometimes so overheated I would throw up. Sometimes the throwing up wouldn’t stop for days. I was sweating all the time, like dripping sweating, sweating at night, during the day, basically all the time. I had no energy, at my worst I could barely walk a block without having to sit down. I went to the doctor and they did tests, found nothing wrong with me, said I probably had an infection and gave me antibiotics. I didn’t get better. At the time I was waiting tables, had no insurance, and just kept hoping that whatever was wrong with me would just go away. But I just got worse, I started and quit 4 different jobs. I went to doctor after doctor and didn’t get better. After a year and half of this horribleness, my father suggested I get my thyroid checked. So I had blood work done again and whaddyaknow, I was severely hyperthyroid, my numbers were off the chart. I didn’t want to go on thyroid medication so I tried seeing a Naturopath. I took a bunch of herbs and unfortunately didn’t get much better. A few months later I bit the bullet and started seeing an endocrinologist, and started the thyroid meds. Due to my hyper-metabolism I had gotten down to about 110 lbs (I am 5’4″).  When I started the medicine, within a month I was up to 126 lbs, at 2 months I was 137 lbs. The weight just kept piling on, I was hardly eating, and I was freaking out. My endocrinologist took me off the medicine in March 2013… as soon as I stopped taking it, the weight started coming off and my metabolism kicked back in. Unfortunately my other symptoms started coming back as well. My endocrinologist dropped me from care because I refused to take her medical advice to kill my thyroid. My Naturopath didn’t know what to do and told me to go back on the medication. I didn’t want to do any of those and decided to get a third opinion.

This pretty much brings us to the present. My mother helped me to find a man named Anthony William who is a self-proclaimed “Medical Medium.” He is not actually a doctor and his way of forming a diagnosis is a bit “out there”, but I am also a bit “out there” so how he was going to go about helping me made sense to me. In a nut-shell, he told me that my thyroid is out of whack due to a virus in my system that is attacking it, the Epstein-Barr virus. The only way to kill the virus is by reinforcing my immune system with specific supplements, and a vegan diet. So this is why I am writing this blog, to track my progress and hopefully save my thyroid.

I am actually pretty excited to Go Vegan again, I just watched the movie “Forks over Knives” on Netflix and it helped give me the motivation I needed to get started.  I won’t get into it other than that it focuses on the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. My specific diet is a little more complex though, along with avoiding animal products I am also supposed to avoid corn, gluten, and soy. My goal is also to cut out caffeine and alcohol. The grains I can eat are limited, so are nuts, seeds, oils, and beans. According to Anthony, this is a High (natural) Sugar/Low Fat diet. I am supposed to eat as much fruit as possible, have raw fruits and veggies during the day, and limit cooked vegetables to nighttime.

This is not going to be easy. The past 2 days I gorged on meat and ice cream and let myself have a last hoorah. This picture shows the last non-vegan meal I will cook for the next year – Baked Garlic-Ginger Chicken Wings (they were absolutely finger-smacking delicious btw).  ImageWhen the year is up, if I am healthy technically I don’t have to continue on the diet, but if I feel as great as I hope I am going to feel, I may stay on it. Only time can tell, right? I know the title of my blog isn’t necessarily true – yet – I may have jumped the gun a little, but I do believe that a year from now, it’s going to be true. I’m sure I can save my thyroid, and I’m going to prove it.