A New Direction – My Story

Hey everyone!

As you might have noticed, there are quite a few changes here at Rejoicing In Hope, and we will be covering those changes over the next few weeks!

I am EXCITED about all of the new things we have in store for YOU!

Today I want to share my heart and explain the new direction we are taking.

I know that there are so many of you wonderful people that have experienced some really, really hard things. I don’t pretend that the hard things I have faced compare to what others have gone through, but I believe we go through specific valleys for a reason, and so some of the posts will be covering very specific, very real topics:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Turmoil
  • Apathy
  • Feelings of Inadequacy

Let me back up for a minute.

About 3.5 years ago, I discovered I had Hashimoto’s Disease – an autoimmune disease in which my body attacks my thyroid gland. It is also more casually known as hypothyroidism.

Your thyroid is a little, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that makes a HUGE impact on your day-to-day life. It controls the output of hormones that regulate many things in your body including metabolism, brain function, and moods. You probably don’t even realize it exists until you have a problem, and then boy do you start paying attention!

There are so many possible symptoms associated with hypothyroidism. Mine have included:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • heavy fatigue
  • emotional turmoil

This isn’t an all-in, all-day, every day experience, especially now that I am on a thyroid supplement medication, but these symptoms definitely come and go. And with these highs and lows, I have had to fight my way through some toughies.

And that is some of what I want to share with you! From my first-hand experience with real issues like depression and anxiety, I want to – hopefully – be an encouragement! Because you know what?

There IS hope!

And guess what – we have even more new things in store!! Including building our community and strengthening our relationships, so keep an eye out for these opportunities!

But first, let me know below if you have any experience with either a thyroid condition or any of the symptoms listed above – I know I’m not the only one! Let’s see who we are talking to here!

Hugs everyone, and I am looking forward to this journey!

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It only takes a quick click! I’d love to have you! 💗

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    1. Hey Anna, thanks for commenting! It can affect a lot of our lives sometimes, cant it? But thankfully, my mom recognized it in me before I did – I was moved away and working but she saw it from a picture! So it didnt go undiagnosed too long. That helps! She was undiagnosed for a long time and had more severe symptoms. Is there anything specific you would be interested in reading about? How is it all going for you guys?
      Have a great day!


    1. Hey Lily! Isn’t it funny how a “remedy” to fatigue is working out! But you’re right, it helps energize the body and lift the spirits! And you’re one who has had such an encouraging and inspiring spirit in your posts as you discuss your battles! Hugs 💗

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  1. How exciting, I look forward to hearing more. I also have Hashimoto’s and celiacs, as well as other autoimmune issues related to them. I have struggled with depression too but mainly when my levels are off.
    God bless you! 💗

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  2. I have had hypothyroidism for about 6 years now. I take medication daily for it. I would love love love to not take the meds anymore. Have you heard of using essential oils to help speed up they thyroid? I’m looking into it but too afraid to stop the meds and go straight oils to see…

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    1. Hey Amy, actually I have used young living EndoFlex. That is the best stuff. I was on 300 mg of synthyroid everyday but that was before I was diagnosed with celiacs. I had an absorption problem, once I stopped eating gluten my dr was able to lower my meds over a couple of years and then it kinda just stayed there. So I tried the Endoflex and literally every month I went back he would lower my meds. I had gotten down to Like 125, that’s pretty awesome. It works!

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      1. That’s an interesting point – about the absorption. I believe calcium can also affect absorption if ingested too close to the medicine. And that is great that the oil worked for you! Is it something you take orally? I’d be curious to see if it helped lower mine…though mine isn’t too high and is stable right now so I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try!

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      2. Yea your medicine needs to be taken like 3 hours away from vitamins and such.
        With the celiacs I had all kinds of absorption problems. I was diagnosed with Hashi years before celiacs, although I knew I had it I just couldn’t get a dr to test me for me. I was finally diagnosed 15 years later😡 But interesting side note if you have Hashimotos you should be tested for Celiacs, especially if you have any IBS, intestinal problems, vitamin deficiencies, chronic fatigue, litchens, etc. they are kinda sisters.

        Yes I just take the oil in a capsule with some carrier oil. It just supplements and helps your thyroid. I would never just stop my meds. But I was always so delighted when he kept lowering it🙏🏻

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      3. Aw, that’s so frustrating. And that’s interesting about the celiacs being connected to hashimoto’s! I’ll keep an eye out for symptoms for sure…the only one I’d say I really notice is fatigue sometimes, but that is so good to know!

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    2. Hey Amy, I actually have never heard of using oils…I’ve had a friend mention diet/herbs though. From what I understand, a small percentage of people who have a thyroid problem find that their thyroid resumes normal function after some time. There are certainly things that can aggravate symptoms like caffeine, raw spinach and kale, etc., and a well-balanced diet could potentially help keep it balanced. But overall, most people are on medicine all of their life. It’s a cycle…the medicine works for the thyroid, so the thyroid continues to deteriorate, but we can’t stop taking the medicine without having adverse effects. That’s most of us from what I understand. There is a more “natural” (for lack of better word) option which is Armour…I’d have to say that’s a decision you’d have to make on your own. It may help, it may not. Personally, I’m with you – I have no desire to go back to the symptoms I had in the beginning! It’s hard enough sometimes even managed!


      1. I’ll look that one up, armour. Thanks. One of my biggest symptoms is the inability to lose weight.bso discouraging. I truly believe my thyroid was damaged with my last pregnancy. I had it check before I became pregnant and it was fine. But when I became pregnant I had to take progesterone to keep the baby alive for the first 5mos. Then after I had her my thyroid was damaged. But she’s definitely worth it!

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      2. Yes, Armour is made from animals so not a synthetic medication. That is the only one my mom can use effectively. I can use Synthroid but not the generic Levothyroxine. Also if you haven’t had the doctors check before, have them check the T3 and T4 – both total AND free. Also I believe vitamin D can be deficient. But there is a more extensive test than some doctors initially have done that can show that you’re not fully balanced after all and may need additional support.
        I also seem to struggle to lose some weight. It’s just more stubborn it seems! And my pregnancy threw my thyroid out of whack a bit too! It didnt cause it for me though, just caused my medication needs to rise, but it went back down for me postpartum. It’s a tricky thing sometimes, and not always the same person to person!


  3. Thanks for sharing. I discovered I had Hashimotos disease when I was about 19 years old, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety throughout most of my life. God has blessed me with wonderful family and friend support as well as my community of faith. Trust in the promises of God!

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  4. I have Hashimoto’s (just diagnosed). I haven’t processed all that comes with it yet but am more focusing on finally being heard. I have had worsening symptoms since 2008 and no one took me seriously because I have somatoform anxiety. So obviously the depression, the extreme fatigue, the aching joints and muscles, the weight gain and the screeching in my head that I have been battling were all psychosomatic.

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    1. Aw I’m sorry to hear that. Being undiagnosed for a long period of time definitely comes with some extra challenges…my mom was like that. It was very hard. I personally can relate to some of those symptoms including the anxiety. Some days are hard even when on the medicine, but I’m glad for you that you have finally been diagnosed and treated! Hugs ❤


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