Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hypothyroidism, Depression, and Divorce Recovery

"This is the part where you find out who you are." (Divorce Recovery)

September 2017
30-Year High School Reunion

Life, post-divorce, is really hard, but slowly I am recovering and moving forward.  The hardest part of divorce-life has been figuring out who I am without the "Mrs." in front of my name...without the title of "Fire Wife"...and with the new title of "ex-wife".  It has truly been a grieving process.  

This past summer (August) was the two-year mark of our separation and divorce.  (Hard to believe, I know.)  Last Spring (March of 2017) I was really sick.  I was depressed, but also experiencing some unusual physical symptoms inlcuding pretty significant hair loss.  It reminded me of being post-partum. And it frightened me.  I was also constantly cold and couldn't get enough sleep.  

But the hair loss...oy!

So, I made an appointment with my primary care doc...and after a battery of tests and bloodwork the diagnosis was a common one...hypothyroidism.  

It wasn't in my head!  It wasn't because I was depressed from getting divorced.  It was my sluggish and broken thyroid causing me to fee so terrible.  

I committed to getting healthy...and I take my little white synthroid pill, religiously.  At my follow-up appointment I was down 35 lbs and running up to 6 miles on the weekend and run/walking 3-miles daily.  Winter weather and laziness has slowed me down, but I recently recommitted to my healthy eating and exercise plan.

Here are a few photos from my Spring and Summer Weight Loss journey.  

"Eating healthy makes me happy!"
~Spark People~

So do cupcakes...  *giggle*


  1. Valerie,
    You look radiant!!!
    I'm glad you are feeling better.
    And...I am glad you are blogging again.

  2. You are beautiful! I love that you are sharing this with others (because there's always someone else out there who needs to hear it). Guess what? Hypothyroidism isn't fun. I've been taking that pill for almost 25 years. Hang in there mama! Great job on the healthy workout!!

  3. You have done an awesome job getting through all the hurdles life has thrown you.
    Great pics--looking good.

    Keep plugging along.

    M : )

  4. Good to hear. You look beautiful. Good job with all of that exercise....good for the mind and body.

  5. I was so happy to see your comment on my blog. Our lives have changed so much since my days of blogging. I got divorced too. We separated almost 3 years ago. I am still figuring out a schedule for blogging again. Having cancer has left me worn out. I love that we are in touch with each other again. There is so much to share. Please email me

    By the way you are rocking it with exercise. You look wonderful.


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