I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that your story is what makes you unique and that every difficult time in your life that you go through prepares you for something better. I believe that we can find good in every situation. And that there is meaning to even the most difficult experiences that we go through.
After I delivered my first baby - I just wasn’t feeling right. For a very long time - about 9 months postpartum. At the time I was working as an account manager - I had long hours - I had to travel regularly for work - and I was trying to adjust to being a new mother. But I was EXHAUSTED. I was doing all the things - sleeping 10 hours per night, eating well, exercising - and nothing helped. I felt like my body was collapsing on itself - right on the centerline. My vision was impacted - I had trouble focusing - I was m i s e r a b l e. AND - it was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. I kept telling my doctors and they kept dismissing me saying - ‘you are going to be tired, you are a new mother.’ It made me feel like I wasn’t doing this life right - was every mother really this tired all the time?
Fortunately, my husband helped me keep pushing for more tests and more answers. I will never forget the call I got from the doctor one Thursday afternoon when I was driving home from a work stretch in Connecticut. He knew I traveled for work - he said “Where are you? You need to get home. Your TSH level is 17.” [Your TSH should be below 2 - most people feel good with it being below 1.] And with that he *finally* referred me to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - an autoimmune disorder that impacts energy levels, the ability to focus, and a whole host of other symptoms that I was experiencing.
That experience has allowed me to connect more deeply on how important it is to feel good. I had this horrible experience of feeling terrible so I am able to connect more deeply with others who are also just so tired. It has also made me obsessed with managing my own energy levels - not just physically through nutrition and exercise, but also mentally by learning and growing, and spiritually by doing the things, being in the spaces, and being with the people that make me happy.
I would love to connect with you and hear your story. What negatives have you gone through and turned positive? Let me know here.