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054: Lauren’s Story

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054: Lauren’s Story

At this point you’re all pretty familiar with my voice, right? Well, as we head into the holiday season and close in on our one-year anniversary (!!), we thought it…
December 25, 2019
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054: Lauren’s Story

At this point you’re all pretty familiar with my voice, right? Well, as we head into the holiday season and close in on our one-year anniversary (!!), we thought it was time we gave you what you’ve been asking for: more of me! This episode was initially recorded for a FB Live appearance with Naomi Batty of Holtorf Medical Group – and we had such a great chat, I thought it would make the perfect round-up for 2019 and give everyone more of an insight into my WHY – and how the podcast was born out of my adverse health experiences. Learn more about my journey through Hashimoto’s disease, sleep apnea, depression, and anxiety – and how I’ve found strength in the community that Uninvisible Pod has given me. Y’all are my secret sauce – and if I know how to do anything, it’s how to tell stories…and give you the platform to share yours. Here goes nothin’! (Please also note: this episode was recorded a few months ago, and in it I mention I am a finalist for the WEGO Health Awards 2019. By now you probably know – I won!) 

Listen in as I share… 

– how I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and sleep apnea 

– how common thyroid disorders can be 

– why I think I was sick way before I was diagnosed 

– how functional medicine was my saving grace 

– how I sought resources after being diagnosed, and didn’t come up with much 

– how to find support and resources, and to navigate through your own pride 

– how I’ve treated my Hashimoto’s – with combo therapy 

– how I experienced medical gaslighting: from a female endocrinologist I used to see 

– how I’ve found peace with my body as it is now – and show it love 

– the importance of staying open-minded to treatment options when you live with chronic illness 

– how I learned to advocate to myself 

– the importance of follow-up – and how it’s your responsibility to yourself as a patient 

– the value of finding a doctor who is able to make time for you 

– how empowering it is to become an involved and educated patient 

– that it’s not all in your head – and you know your body better than anyone else does 

– how getting sick forced me to communicate better than ever with my nearest and dearest 

– that most autoimmune disease starts in the gut 

– how peptides and supportive supplements have aided in my healing 

– the importance of reducing everyday exposure to toxins – in makeup, skincare, hair care, household cleaners, etc. 

– why I am a student of my body, and follow its shifts both excitedly – and accordingly 

– how I healed my relationship with food when I adopted AIP 

– how Uninvisible Pod was born organically from my experience and background 

– the importance of diversity in the discussion of invisible chronic illness – and how I’m continually working to address those gaps in the conversation 

– how great it is to find a community – and fellow Spoonie friends 

– that things are not any less complicated post-diagnosis: they are just complicated in different ways 

– why we have to be open to changing our own stories 

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