*Updated 28 Oct 2014* When I found out I was compound heterozygous for MTHFR, my first thoughts were of regret. I have never refused myself anything when it comes to what I now think of as toxins: rich food, wheat bread, alcohol, dairy products, sugar, fast food, etc. How much damage, I thought, have I done to my body over the last two decades? Because when you have a MTHFR mutation, your body often doesn’t detoxify as well as “normal” people. The… Read more »

I’m extremely conscious about not letting myself become defined by my illnesses. My hypothyroidism has always been something that simply lingered far in the background. Perhaps this was unwise, as I’ve never been tuned in to how much my birth defect may have affected my life. Or perhaps it’s smart – getting the most out of life by refusing to be sick and never putting any limitations on myself. Time will tell how much I have been affected by my… Read more »

running in the woods

I’ve always been a little different. Born with congenital hypothyroidism, I was burdened with the daily dose of necessary thyroid medication from only a few weeks of age. Affectionately dubbed my “smart pill” by family members, it would be something I would have to remember for the rest of my life. As long as I took that pill and had regular blood tests, they told me, my life would be “normal.” So off I went, taking my Synthroid and having… Read more »