December 18, 2019 3 min read 6 Comments

The plan was to close my business. Actually, the plan was to drag all my product into the parking lot and light on fire.

Something I had worked on for almost 5 years, built from the ground up, had created this community of people around me through endless hours of work and promotion, and lighting it all on fire and walking away sounded the most appealing.

Looking back over 2019, the symptoms are all there. Plain as day. But we have, expecially women, this great ability to have a million reasons as to why we don't feel good - and NONE of them have to do with our physical selves.

We blame that we are working to much. Stressed about finances. Our kids are driving us crazy. We are in a crappy realtionship. We don't exercise. We didn't eat our veggies. We had decaf coffee. We went on a diet. 

Excuse after excuse after excuse.

And then we do this. 

We tell ourselves and everyone else that we feel like crap, because we are getting older. 

Especially when we hit 40, right? I mean afterall, 40 is the magic number for our lives to be over and for shit to start running down hill.

I don't buy it anymore. Sorry, but at 40, I am still to young to feel like crap. My energy shouldn't be drained. I should still be able to think straight. I shouldn't be unhappy all the time.

When I was finally diagnosed with Hashimotos in November 2019, which is related to Hypothyroidism, things seemed brighter. Within 2 weeks of taking my medication, suddenly I was excited again. The dreamer, the doer, the go getter, the business builder was suddenly back. The term "brain fog" is used commonly in the thyroid community and mine started to go away. 

The fog parted and the sun was bright!

The mere thought of walking away from what I had built, was replaced with this overwhelming surge of determination to save it. The damage that had been done, by my "checking out" quite a bit from the business itself earlier in the year, needed mending and I accepted that challenge.

I had almost killed my business.

Hypothyroidism almost killed my business.

Thyroid issues, and I have suffered from Hyperthyroid disease and now Hypothyroid (Hashimotos) disease, can wreak havoc on your body. They can cloud your judgment, affect your menstrual cycle, cause hair loss, skin issues, weight loss and gain, and so much more. 

Not paying attention to my body, my physical self and constantly blaming external factors in my life, caused me to lose so much time, strain my relationships, feel depressed, lost, hopeless, lose hair, have sandpaper for skin and so much more. 

BUT the biggest thing, my thyroid issues nearly cost me my dream.

And that just can't happen.

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Of the 30 million people suffering form a thyroid condition, hypothyroidism is the most common and occurs when your thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone.

Symptoms can be:

  • Problems concentrating
  • New or worsening depression
  • Moodiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Goiter (enlarged thryoid)
  • Hair loss, brittle hair & nails
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarsness
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain and fluid retention
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Heavy and/or irregular menstrual cycles
  • Infertility
  • Loss of energy & persistant fatigue
  • Increased cold sensitivity
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle cramps and stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Dry/itchy skin

P.S. Don't just get thyroid test, find a doctor who will run the whole thyroid panel - you need the whole story!




6 Responses

Hannah Burnett
Hannah Burnett

January 03, 2020

Thyroid buddy!!
I’m telling you I felt all those symptoms my ENTIRE life. Although I had thyroid cancer I was extreme hypothyroid but medication is truly a life saver!

I hope you are doing well now! Please contact me if you ever have thyroid questions… I’m no professional but I’ve lived through a lot of it

Lynn Fitch
Lynn Fitch

January 03, 2020

So happy for you Sina and so proud of your courage to share the details of this journey with others. As you know I have suffered with thyroid issues for more than 35 years. To all who wonder, yes-you can be hyperthyroid at one point in your life and hypothyroid at another. It is a complex organ and finding a doctor who understands it and how to treat you in a holistic way is critical to recovering your health. Don’t settle for feeling miserable, find help, there are good doctors out there. Sina has found a wonderful one-the same person who helped me 35 years ago.

Carolyn Black
Carolyn Black

December 26, 2019

You ROCK!! Mostly for being so talented but also for thinking you had to do it all and have! You are incredibly creative, you are an amazing artist, your mind is always working and thinking of better not just yourself but a million others. Bless you! So glad to hear you are taking care of you!

susie magone
susie magone

December 26, 2019

what dr are u using? dr in anchorage?
i too have hashimotos. 34 years now. been a hard trip to regulate. still trying.

Cordi Fitzpatrick
Cordi Fitzpatrick

December 20, 2019

I had hyperthyroidism 4 years ago and now feel like I have hypo. Did you actually have both?


December 19, 2019

Sina, I am so glad you are feeling better.i went through something similar, was diagnosed 2 years ago with hashimotos after 6 years of being told I had fibromyalgia……no fun. Love your artwork, keep up the good works

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