2018 Reflection

My friend Bethany had started a tradition and shared it with my family a few years back. At the beginning of each year, pick a word that you want to characterize your year. The sad thing is, as I’m sitting here reflecting I can barely remember what my word was for 2018. I am pretty sure it was “Determined”. I wanted to go into the start of 2018 determined to finish what I started in 2017, and to be determined to stick with my goals for the new year. Well, for the first season of 2018 I stuck with my word. I finished out the hardest experience of my life. I graduated culinary school, and made an A on my final project, my capstone. That was in April.


After April, well let’s say that June and July were a whirlwind. Graduation, my first vacation with my boyfriends family, the summer trip to Disney with my family, and my first real job out of culinary school. Unfortunately it did not turn out like I had hoped. I was just a tool, my talent was abused and not appreciated. I was under worked because the staff that were on work visas, got prioritized. It was a good experience, I always gain knowledge of the kind of business i want to run in the future, as well of the kind of community I want to promote within my staff. It is very rare to find employers, and a company community with the same values that I have. I probably could have made it through the end of their season, but it came down to a morality issue. I could not work for someone who publicly was an adulterer and wasn’t fired, but his co-part was, because she wasn’t “the boss”.


The third chapter of my year started when I started at the 1889 White Gate Inn, my current job. Here, I am a head chef and kitchen manager. I run the entire culinary operation for this Inn. The menu planning, budgeting, shopping, executing, and all the extras in between. This job allows a lot of freedom, which is wonderful. I took this job because of the title. Not because I needed the title, but because it would set me up for my future. Working under the title of head chef/ kitchen manager for over a year will look great on my resume. It will open up the doors to having corporate management positions that offer a better salary, benefits, and a more family friendly schedule for when I’m ready to start a family later in life.


Then everything kinda fell apart. Work is not as free and fulfilling as it used to be, but I’m still determined to make it a year there at least. I wish that was the worst of it, but it’s not. My mom got diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. You may be wondering what that has to do with me. Well, when mom got diagnosed she realized through researching that I was exhibiting most of the Hashimoto’s symptoms as well. So then I had to play a waiting game, when I finally decided on a new doctor to be able to diagnose me, I was told that the earliest appointment I could get was three weeks away. So I waited. When I finally had my appointment, my doctor was reluctant and rude when I asked to be tested for the TPO antibodies, but I was determined. My results came back relatively okay. As of this point I do not have Hashimoto’s. However, I am at risk for having it, and I may have had possible adrenal fatigue as well. So, my marching orders were to  de-stress. To keep my cortisol levels down and to reduce my anxiety. A few weeks later I am taking a walk with my boyfriend and henry, our pup. I had been doing yoga, I had been diffusing and using essential oils to help balance my stress. I was actively working on letting things go, not worrying about things outside of my control, and not taking so many things as a personal offense. I was determined, I was happy. Then I get a call, that my best friend has died. Then I learn that he didn’t just die, but he was murdered. I love on his family, I speak at his funeral. I am afraid. I am afraid to let myself grieve, because i’m afraid that my body won’t be able to handle it. At the same time I feel like I can’t grieve because I don’t feel like he could really be gone. He was supposed to be on his way home in a couple of weeks, just in time for my birthday. I turned 21 this year. I am officially an adult. I had an amazing birthday. I got to spend it with all the people I love. My Mimi and Pap, my parents and my sister, my boyfriend and henry, and my boyfriends family. I felt so loved, so happy, yet so sad. The rest of the year seemed to go by in a blur. Christmas is my favorite time of year, but this year it seemed to slip up on my and sneak away too quickly. I don’t know if I quite lived up to my word of the year, I definitely was not determined about my health goals for the year. I am ready to leave 2018 behind. As it went on I can tell i’ve slipped further into a depression, unhealthy eating habits, and my cortisol levels are back up. I have a lot of unfinished business to work on in 2019, and I hope you all are ready for what’s in store.


This is what I learned in 2018.

  1. Don’t set goals you aren’t actually determined to meet.
  2. Don’t take anyone in your life for granted. They chose to love you, and chose to be apart of your life, so be grateful.
  3. Get a dog.
  4. Food won’t always make you feel better.
  5. It’s okay to not feel like listening to music, it’s not okay to stop others.
  6. You can not get through this world alone. If you don’t have a support system, find one.
  7. God is still the same, today, tomorrow, and yesterday.

So, stay tuned for my next post. I will let you know my word for next year. Any guesses?


Let’s Talk About…. Doctors

Dear Reader,

Let me start by saying that general practitioners, are generally not going to be an expert on auto immune diseases. It is not their fault. They have too many patients to carve time out to focus on an individual case. They are also just general practitioners, for the most part they don’t have the knowledge on rare and persnickety auto immune diseases. This is why they try to refer you or suggest that you look for a specialist. With that being said, you should not have to push your doctor to find out what is wrong with you, or push them to run further tests. This is why I believe that it is best to, once diagnosed, seek help from a specialist to have target personal care. Every case of Hashimoto’s is personal. My mom and I don’t have all the same symptoms, and we may not have all of the same flair triggers.

(Disclaimer, I am not a doctor and I can not diagnose you. However, I speak from personal and factual experience and strive to provide credited information.)

Now, Hashimoto’s is an extremely common misdiagnosed disease. I urge anyone diagnosed with Hypothyroidism to have their thyroid peroxidase antibodies checked by their general practitioner. If your levels are above average then you most likely have Hashimoto’s Disease.  You may be asking, how did I know that I had Hashimoto’s? I will have another blog post about common symptoms and what Hashimoto’s is. I plan on having a whole ” Let’s talk about…” series, for people recently diagnosed, think they may be misdiagnosed, or think they might have Hashimoto’s. The goal is early preventative care. If not diagnosed and treated into remission early, Hashimoto’s can develop into more serious auto immune diseases.

Okay! Back from that tangent! Doctors! We need them, they are the experts! I have taken it upon myself to search out and vet various Hashimoto’s specialist from all over the US. I urge any of my readers to send me the specialists they have worked with, and their testimonial, and I will add them to the list. For each specialist, I will try to provide what treatments they offer, as well as any patient reviews. The first step to remission is finding what treatment will work for you! I tried to find specialist centers all over the US, but was not super successful. However, the specialist my mom and I see, helps patients nation wide! Here is what I found:

  1. Carolinas Thyroid Institute: Gastonia, NC

Dr. Steven Roach is the specialist of The Carolinas Thyroid Institute. He is a North Carolina State Graduate and offers a Functional Medical approach. His goal is to work with the body and he offers nationwide treatment.

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Here is a screen grab from their page on Hashimoto’s. https://www.carolinasthyroidinstitute.com/

2. Atlanta Endocrine Associates: Atlanta, GA

The doctor at the Atlanta Endocrine Associates is Dr. Isaacs. His primary form of treatment is thyroid replacement therapy. He has 114 reviews averaging 5 stars.

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3. Red River Health and Wellness

Red River Health and Wellness has 6 locations that treat Hashimoto’s: Scottsdale Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, South Jordan Utah, St. George Utah, Henderson Nevada, and Boise Idaho. A quote from their page reads,” We seek to identify the specific triggers that may be causing flair-ups”.

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4. Los Angeles Integrative Medicine: Glendale , CA
The treatment center at Los Angeles Integrative Medicine has a very targeted approach. The start by diagnoses through testing the patients TPO levels. The treatment process can include: Hormone Replacement, Herbal Remedies, Diet, Cyrex Lab Test for Food Triggers, Stress Reduction Training, Balancing Digestive Bacteria, and Regulating Blood Sugar Levels.

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I hope this information is useful to you, and that you find a specialist that you feel comfortable with!


Hashimoto’s Heiress