At the same time, I am grateful for the opportunity to give this knowledge back to the community, my students, and visitors! Thank you for joining me today and taking the time to read my story. I can assure you that no matter who you are, you will get something out of it. All my life, I was a very active person. I have been a figure skater since I was three years old and spent at least two hours a day at the gym for as long as I can remember.
I used to push myself and run and flex to the point of breaking, thinking all the while that it was what I was supposed to be doing to be healthy. I thought I was in good shape, so it was a big surprise when I got diagnosed with an auto-immune condition that attacks your thyroid first, makes your heart race, hands shake, and makes you lose or gain weight faster than you can imagine. At 5’1 I weighed 115 pounds at the time of my diagnosis, and about 160 pounds three months later (ouch!). Many doctors told me that I had no choice but a lifetime of taking medicine, radioactive iodine treatment or surgery, and still more medication. Yes, exactly, just that – no other choice.