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My name is Hashimoto’s. I’m an invisible autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid gland causing you to become hypothyroid.

I am now velcroed to you for life. If you have hypothyroidism, you probably have me. I am the number one cause of it.

Let’s start a healing conversation. Its very possible to get your health and life back after Hashimoto’s. Do you know someone with Hashimoto’s? Forward this to a friend. Leave a comment below.

I’m So Sneaky

I don’t always show up in your blood work.

Others around you can’t see me or hear me, but YOUR body feels me.

I can attack you anywhere and any way I please.

I can cause severe pain or, if I’m in a good mood, I can just cause you to ache all over.

Try To Have Fun Now

Remember when you and energy ran around together and had fun?

I took energy from you, and gave you exhaustion.

I can take good sleep from you and in its place, give you brain fog and lack of concentration.

I can make you want to sleep 24/7, and I can also cause insomnia.

I can make you tremble internally or make you feel cold or hot when everyone else feels normal.

I can also give you swollen hands and feet, swollen face and eyelids, swollen everything.

Angry For No Reason?

I can make you feel very anxious with panic attacks or very depressed. I can also cause other mental health problems. You know crazy mood swings? That’s me. Crying for no reason?  That’s probably me too.

I can make your hair fall out, become dry and brittle, cause acne, cause dry skin, the sky is the limit with me.

I can make you gain weight and no matter what you eat or how much you exercise, I can keep that weight on you. I can also make you lose weight. I don’t discriminate.

Some of my other autoimmune disease friends often join me, giving you even more to deal with.

If you have something planned, or are looking forward to a great day, I can take that away from you.

Not Taken Seriously

You’ll be told to think positively, you’ll be poked, prodded, and MOST OF ALL, not taken seriously when you try to explain to the endless number of doctors you’ve seen, just how debilitating I am and how ill and exhausted you really feel.

In all probability you will get a referral from these ‘understanding’ doctors, to see a psychiatrist.

Your family, friends and co-workers will all listen to you until they just get tired of hearing about how I make you feel, and just how debilitating I can be.

Losing Your Dignity

They’ll say things like, “if you just get up and move, get outside and do things, you’ll feel better.”

They won’t understand that I take away the ‘gas’ that powers your body and mind to ENABLE you to do those things.

Some will start talking behind your back while you slowly feel that you are losing your dignity trying to make them understand, especially if you are in the middle of a conversation with a “normal” person, and can’t remember what you were going to say next.

The Only Ones Who Truly Understand

They will not understand that having this disease impacts your body from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, and that every cell and every body system and organ requires the proper amount and the right kind of of thyroid hormone medication for YOU.

Not what works for someone else.

The only place you will get the kind of support and understanding in dealing with me is with other people that have me.

I am Hashimoto’s Disease.

A Journey To Healing

Its very possible to get your life and health back after a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s. The journey starts with hope. The path forward is prayer.

Ask Jesus to heal you.

Friend, the thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but God sent Jesus so that you could have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

Seek your doctor’s help. Enlist supportive family and friends.

Further reading at:
Married To Hashimoto’s
Top model has Hasimoto’s

APPLICATION: Let’s start a healing conversation. Treatment, prayer, support make it very possible for sufferers to get their health and life back. Do you know someone with Hashimoto’s? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers


  • Sheri says:

    This is such a great article and I love the way it was written! I will definitely share this in hopes that my family and friends might understand what I go through! Thankfully I don’t have Hashimoto’s Disease, but I do have Addison’s Disease, which mimics all of the same symptoms! I pray daily and am also in a prayer circle with others.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Thank you for sharing, Sheri. Understanding is the first step to healing.

  • Lisa says:

    Sure didn’t expect to see this on your blog Pastor Bob! Thanks for the reminder of where exhaustion and fog may come from. I have had it since I was 16! And as it said I have had several other autoimmune diseases join in. Do you have someone specific that inspired this blog?

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hi Lisa. I see I never replied. Thank you for sharing about your experience. Praying wellness into your life. The blog was inspired by my wife, Jocelyn. She has Hashimoto’s.

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