Taking Off My Supermom Cape: Secrets of a Hypothyroid Mom

Taking Off My Supermom Cape: Secrets of a Hypothyroid Mom

“Dana, your apartment used to be so organized…um…what happened?”

When an old acquaintance I hadn’t seen in several years came with her children for a play date, I was so embarrassed by her comment. I made all the excuses for why my apartment was not as “organized” as it used to be. I felt like such a loser. When she left, I started cleaning up all my stuff. I got so tired, that I shoved some of it under the bed and the rest in closets where my stuff could not be seen. I was upset, but then it dawned on me.

It’s hard to be a mom. Period.

Then add on having hypothyroidism.

She was right. Something did happen.

I took off my Supermom Cape.

When I was pregnant with my first son I had fantasies of being a supermom.

Then fatigue came crashing over me. I watched other mothers doing it all and I tried to keep up. I could barely keep my eyes open but I pushed myself to be a supermom keeping up my perfect career, home, and family. I knew that I was struggling and I felt like a failure.

I became pregnant again and miscarried needlessly from hypothyroidism. That was the tipping point when my hypothyroidism symptoms raged high and I hit rock bottom. To tell you the truth I don’t know how I made it through that dark time in my life. I found myself unable to keep my eyes open. I knew that something was very wrong.

Here is a powerful video created by Dr. Steven Hotze, author of the book Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed. This video gave me goose bumps.

I have a feeling I’m not alone.

Sometimes that feeling of not being a good mom comes over me. I don’t always have enough energy to keep up with everything. I get tired just watching all the other moms racing their children around to all their activities. But that’s okay. I remind myself.

Don’t just be good to others. Be good to yourself too.

I’m so thankful that I finally found a great thyroid doctor. I’m feeling better than ever but I never want to go back to that dark place again. I know my limitations. I know that stress is my number one killer. Emotional and physical stress can take me down in one quick punch. I put so much of myself into caring for my children, I end up neglecting myself. I have to be so careful. I need to be good to myself and not feel guilty about it.

To care for others, you must care for yourself.

I have my hands full balancing life with my two beautiful boys Benjamin and Hudson. When that inner voice whispers that I’m a failure as a mom because I don’t have the energy to keep up like everyone else, I try my best to remind myself of one important thing.

Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see what an AWESOME HYPOTHYROID MOM I really am.

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About Dana Trentini

I founded Hypothyroid Mom October 2012 in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroid Mom is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for consulting your physician regarding medical advice pertaining to your health. Hypothyroid Mom includes affiliate links to favorite resources including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. Connect with me on Google+

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