Hello there! I’m Samantha Jo.
Former restaurant and private chef, mother to one awesome kiddo, and autoimmune soldier.
As some of you know, I’ve been struggling with my health for a long time. I have had nothing but dead ends when it comes to seeking diagnoses and advice from conventional medicine, including a doctor who overlooked lab notes that recommended IgA Deficiency, a condition in which the body does not create enough protection for your mucous membranes. This leads to GI atrophy and chronic infections throughout the body. I’ve had to push doctors for tests and many of them rejected my requests or would want to do other tests instead.
So I took my health into my own hands and researched, along with my wonderful life partner, until my head spun. I connected with this amazing chronic illness community that lead me out of the dark into a river of knowledge about my symptoms. After my most recent testing series, and 4 years of searching beyond what doctors had told me “that everything looks normal,” I finally have a diagnosis.
I have Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune condition in which my own body attacks the thyroid. My hormone levels are currently extremely low as my adrenal glands have been at work overtime trying to create enough fight-or-flight chemicals to keep my body running. We also suspect Celiac disease since that and IgA, my loss of gallbladder and the Hashi’s all tend to go hand in hand.
Currently I have close to zero energy and chronic anxiety as my main complaints (I will spare you the rest unless you’re really curious!) and find it extremely difficult to function on the day to day. *
I’m learning how to repair my adrenal glands before I can begin treatment to repair my thyroid. Treating the thyroid before healing the adrenals can be a dangerous feat for the adrenals. Meditation, massage, proper diet, lots of nutrients, specific supplements, lots of rest, gentle exercise, avoiding stress and over-excitement, etc are some of the healing methods for adrenal failure.
I’m so grateful for my loving boyfriend, aka “Hunni,” my super supportive parents, and the amazing friends I’ve made throughout this journey who help me get through daily life. I’m looking forward to kicking this disease in the bo-hiney and being able to function again as a thriving human being!