"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

~ American College of Endocrinology

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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Health – How Badly Do You Want To Be Well?

How can I even ask that question, right?

How badly do I really want to be well? From all these life-crushing symptoms? Are you kidding?

No, I’m not kidding!

I’ve spent plenty of time with people in my Get Your Life Back! Thyroid Health workshops, in coaching sessions and people I’ve met on the street and in grocery lines, who all share their list of awful, nasty, devastating thyroid symptoms. Yet, when I share with them what they must do to rid themselves of most all the symptoms in just weeks and then months, they glaze over.


Some don’t just glaze over, they become adamant about NOT doing a thing I’ve shared with them.

These are just a few of the resistant responses I get:

“I can’t give up sugar and sweets!”

“I’m a chocoholic! No way!”

“I know I can’t follow that strict at diet!”

“There’s no way I’m doing all that. You just don’t understand my schedule!”

“I love my bread! I’ll just cut back a little.”

“I’ll die with out my soda’s every day!”

“I’ve just never been able to stick to a healthy diet.”

“I eat healthy. That can’t be the reason!”

“I just don’t have time to do all these things.”

“My family will not eat this way too, so I just can’t do it.”

“It’s the holidays, I’ll do it later.”

Any of these sound familiar?

The one I love the most, that shocks me every time is:

“I don’t believe that nutrition has anything to do with my symptoms.”

I’m shocked right now just typing out that sentence!


See, here’s the thing, personally, I can’t change anyone but myself. My job is to help myself be the healthiest and best person I can be in my lifetime. Your job is the same for your life.

And so, I can share and teach and shout healthy tips and rules for the mountain tops, but like pearls to swine (that’s somewhere in the Bible!), only a few will take proven advice and follow it to help themselves.


We can get very stuck in old mental drama patterns, family victim (“This is just how our family is, w’ere sick people”) or super-hero/rescuer patterns, and others that will support us to stay in our symptoms because we don’t know how to be happy, well and robust anymore. Maybe we never were.

It’s a HUGE leap for some to get out of the old patterns and stories and to be new again.


You do deserve it all… as long as you are willing to pay the cost. The price is you doing the work for yourself.

It’s not necessarily easy or fun or lots of things we’d like it to be. Oh, well!


If you’ve read this far, you’re one of the few people who’ve picked up lots of pearls in your life and use them as the gems they are. You are helping yourself. You are doing the doing and getting well-er every day.

YEA FOR YOU! 🙂 Let me know how you’re doing! 🙂

9 comments to Thyroid Health – How Badly Do You Want To Be Well?

  • CR

    Thanks for this kick-in-the-pants post. my husband and I will begin transforming our diets tomorrow – yes, even with Christmas in just a few weeks – because there is always an excuse not to start. we’re going to take it one week, one day, one hour, one minute at a time, but we’re starting. I’m nervous because I’ve broken so many promises to myself since my diagnosis, but I’ve got to keep trying. Thanks again. Love your blog!

    • kim

      Glad I could help out, CR!

      Keep staying the course!! 🙂

      • annie

        Thanks for this post I just needed to hear someone say out loud what I’m fearing most … that I won’t make it past the lifestyle changes my disease demands. This is week 2 past my thyroidectomy and I’m very afraid and angry.

        • kim

          Hi Annie,

          Yes, there plenty of lifestyle changes to make to rebuild your thyroid health, which means the same even when you don’t have one.

          It’s easy to feel angry and afraid, I understand. But start with the diet changes and make sure to see a “thyroid trained” to receive the best help. Check my PRACTITIONERS list http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ and get another opinion from a Thyroid Trained Practitioner who may have other answers and supplements for you.

  • Just Sick

    Annie, just watched your video after surfing the web looking for anything that could put this puzzle together for me, and this posting is the result. Your video above everything I have researched somehow struck me with some hopefulness that I can rise above this. I am sick….sick..sick…sick. That’s the only way I can verbalize the magnitude of the war going on within me. And to others it is so invisible that when the response of “Oh, I’m just fine!” seems to satisfy their politeness of question. But internally, I know its all so very not fine. Hashimoto Thyroiditis is just one of a multitude of autoimmune diseases I have been diagnosed with ~ each by different doctors and not one has been related to another. My residence is rural so exposure to a doctor or doctors that think outside the norm (whatever that is) is nonexistent at best. Seems like all I do is spend money to hear a “canned” response and return home more frustrated and discouraged, with no desire to repeat the process, and so just suffer. This is a long shot, at best. Maybe it just feels better express it. What is there to lose? Help?

    • kim

      Hi JS,

      I’m so sorry for your condition(s). I’m glad that my video helped a little.

      Yes, there is hope! And, yes, sadly, several autoimmune diseases can piggyback after getting one.

      Even though you’re rural, please visit my “thyroid trained practitioners” page and search all the links to find someone close to you – as close as you can get. http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/ Many times, if you can get in for one or two sessions many of the rest can be by phone or Skype, etc.

      Plus, depending on your diet, most autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s and Graves disease, require a lifestyle and diet change. The diet I offer in my Get Your Life Back thyroid manual is a core diet used to help heal many autoimmune diseases , so a great place to start. http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      My good thoughts and prayers go out to you JS. Try the above two suggestions and get going on answers and positive change.



  • Just Sick

    Sorry…but I do have one last question… if thyroid health is 24/7, why is there not help 24/7? Ultimately, I know the answer, but it somehow feels right to ask.

  • Just Sick

    Kim, Many thanks to you for the well wishes and the information references, which I will, indeed explore. This has already helped much more than any prior input from my present physician. Much appreciated!

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