21 May Welcome to Married to Hashimoto’s
Hey ho there people,
Ok, why the humor? Isn’t this site supposed to be serious / helpful?
Well, you’re going to need some humor, because it’s going to help you get through some of the rougher times when you’re likely going to need it. I think that’s very helpful.
Hopefully you won’t have hard times – I really hope so. But this site is here, just in case.
So, why am I doing this?
I want to have this site to be a resource for husbands (and even other family members) who don’t have a clue what Hashimoto’s is, or for those who think they do, but maybe really don’t.
I plan to have all the basic, intermediate, and some advanced questions here… but mostly the basics, because that’s what I really needed back in the beginning. I had questions, like…
What the heck is Hashimoto’s? And can someone please explain it in an easy to digest way.
Is this something that she can just take a pill for and BOOM life goes back to normal?
Will my wife have energy, vitality, and get back up off the bed or couch again?
And that all important question…
Will we ever… ever… have sex again?
Hang tight, we will address this and more. (And yes, there’s hope for that last part. Whew.)
Am I really needed here?
If we’re being honest, I really didn’t worry about any of this back in the beginning, as I was too busy with being selfish with my own life. Yes, I was the center of my universe.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love my wife, and back then I served her in many ways. But, if you were looking for natural treatments for health issues, or in depth sympathy – that was really my wife’s department. This was her wheelhouse, her specialty.
Now if you needed your computer looked at, a saxophone solo, something heavy lifted, or getting something off a tall shelf – that was my department. We had strict union rules about not doing each other’s jobs.
All kidding aside, I was really hoping our doctor, and my wife (who has superior insight and ninja health skills already) would have this Hashimoto’s thing figured out in a couple weeks, maybe a month tops. I really had no idea it was going to be such a big deal.
Some 20 years later, here we are – in a MUCH better place than we were. And the understanding and treatment of Hashimoto’s is in a much better place too (if you ask the right people), but there’s still confusion out there. There are a lot of women (and their families) trying the ‘old’ traditional way of dealing with this from well-meaning doctors and specialists, and feeling like they’re going crazy because they’re not feeling better even though their ‘levels are in range’.
That’s why I’m doing this…
- It’s for my wife and me, so we can have the best life and health possible.
- It’s for my kids, so they get to know their mom as healthy, playful, and whole/intact person.
- It’s for the woman who’s close to giving up hope that she’ll ever feel better, or lose weight again.
- It’s for the husband, who just wants things to go back to the way they used to be, but maybe needs a new vision and partnership with his wife in her health journey.
- It’s for the family members who don’t get why this is such a problem, and maybe need a little less judgement, and a little more understanding and compassion for someone who ‘looks fine’ on the outside.
I want to shortcut you and the woman you love to the place of health, wholeness, peace, and fun again. Now, it may not be a ‘snap your fingers and everything’s back to normal experience’, but it also doesn’t have to be a tormenting, unnecessarily long, frustrating process either.
If you’re willing to invest some time and the natural guy fixit / troubleshooting sensibility to this issue, you will not only get the appreciation of your woman, you’ll make both of your lives a better place on this health journey.
It’s important that we men use our unique strengths, assurance, and steady hand at the wheel to help our women through this time. Whatever you bring to the mix, it’s important because – you make a difference.
OK, I’m done with the ‘You da Man!‘ pep talk.
Thanks for coming with my on this journey. Here we go… Rock