How can I help someone with Hashimoto’s?

Having an autoimmune condition, sucks, and it is not easy to deal with flare ups that might come and go.

As people with Hashimoto thrive to work on their healing, it is important that the support network, is actually a support, and not a stress factor.

How can I help someone with Hashimoto's
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My loved one has Hashimoto, what should I do?

And that is the thing, you should not do anything.

You should not be guessing around what might have been the cause of x or y symptom that the person had. 

One thing that personally annoys me, is when my close ones start to do the “doctor’s guessing” and start talking such as “you had this symptom because of this or that”.

A Hashimoto person during their path of healing knows exactly what have might caused a flare up, and we have to deal with the symptoms of the flare up, so adding non sense talk will just bring up the stress.

If a Hashimoto person just ask for to listen, or to be alone during a flare up, please to so. There is nothing wrong in just wanting to be alone, it is part of the recovery of the person who just wants the flare up to go down.

 

Alone in the beach
Peaceful

Symptoms are real, even if you can't see them

Another thing that has annoyed me and it should be avoided by the close network, is to doubt when a Hashimoto person has a down moment.

I used to say that I have my good days and my bad days, and sometimes it is like that.

An autoimmune condition will bring people like in a rollercoaster.

For me, it has been difficult to speak up and talk about my bad days, because if I say that something doesn’t feel right, usually the family, ring on the big alarms and make a huge drama.

Or it can be said that the symptoms are just a thing on my head, that I should pray more, or that I should not stress and worry that much.

Again, those are not the comment I, and probably many Hashimoto want to listen.

The only thing we want to do is just to express it out, that something is not ok.

As we have learned the impact of food, the care of our gut, and nutricional defficiencies, we just have to jump back on track of the healing journey.

So again, if your loved one has Hashimoto, just listen and don’t give a comment.

Let them embrace sadness

And here is a thing that I learned way later in my life.

For every human being, it is ok to be sad, angry and upset.

There has been this illusional digital life that mainly shows all people having great lives and having fun in social media.

What has happened that a toxic positivity has came out.

In order to have balance, there should be also the other side, the negative side.

And being sad, is a part of it.

It should not be hidden, or trying to label it as depression.

I do think, there has also been too many push on labeling having bad times as depression, where it saddness has been ok to have.

As a person with Hashimoto, I, and probably most of people deal with our roallercoaster of emotions and thoughts and worries about our state.

It does have bring up the question, am I good enough?

And there have been sad moments because a flare up just appear, and I do felt like, oh not again. And we slow down for a second, heal up and keep walking.

In this path, and probably for every person, not just autoimmune, it should be given the time to be sad, to be angry and to be upset.

Doing the right healing work will cheer up the person eventually, and bring him back on track.

It is a matter of time.

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