One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 18: Our guest-Danielle, Diagnosed Young

Diagnosed when she was 19 years old after years of “being watched” by her doctor for years prior to that, my guest blogger today has embraced the healing diet that I am about to begin this coming month: the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).  Anyone wishing to begin a healing diet for autoimmune disease can savor these guest stories and slowly digest their personal testimonies.  Sharing hope, their journey from difficult symptoms-to lessening those-and even to remission, they inspire me.

Seeing that many of us are diagnosed later in life, I find her story intriguing.

Now then, please welcome Danielle!  She is now the creator of Key to the Cave, a paleo blog.  Let’s hear her story now:

Ever since I was young I always had extreme bloating and IBS.  I was constantly uncomfortable and afraid to eat.  The doctors chalked it up a “sensitive stomach” and so I pushed the discomfort to the side and tried to ignore it.  As time went on, my hormones went crazy and I was constantly having yeast infections, intense bloating and debilitating stomach pain.

Finally, I received a diagnoses.  I have Hashimoto’s Disease, and while it’s not curable, just having a name for all of my symptoms meant so much to me.  I was put on Tirosint (a thyroid replacement) and my energy levels started to increase, but I still experienced bloating, anxiety and stomach pain.

I knew I needed to take my health into my own hands and not just rely on medication. That is when I came across the Autoimmune Protocol.

Two years ago, when I changed my diet, It really changed my life. Suddenly I was able to eat without the fear of insane pain. I am 22 years old now, and while it is hard to eat so differently than my peers (and not drinking when my friends and I go out on the weekends) my health is so much more important.  I truly believe my quality of life trumps my desire for gluten and dairy.  While in the beginning, my cravings for mac & cheese and ice cream were strong, over time I have developed cravings for carrots and a good crunchy piece of salmon.

I now crave those foods that nourish my body.  All around me, on Facebook, on Instagram, and all over TV, I constantly hear and see people saying “YOLO” (you only live once) and consume foods that are detrimental to their body.  But the truth is, we do only live once, shouldn’t we live a healthy life?

Turning to the Autoimmune Protocol has totally changed my life and there’s no turning back.

Danielle, thank you so much for sharing your story with me!Danielle-guest blogger

You can reach Danielle by visiting her website, Key to the Cave, at

Danielle’s website name was inspired by her desire to create a blog that would give people a “key” for easing into the Paleo world with everything: food, lifestyle, reviews, interviews, etc.

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