Hi, I am Brenda!
Hi, my name is Brenda Thompson and I have been dealing with hormone issues my whole life. It is my desire to share with you both my experience and what I have learned as a result of my journey. It is my hope that the information I share in this Website may benefit you and that with the help and supervision of your health-care professional(s), you can find your own unique solution for your optimal hormone health. It is my goal to continually build and update this Website as a free support forum for both you and me. Facing my hormone issues through my life has been a lonely road. You don’t have to fee the same way.
This Website is written out of my experience with debilitating hormonal issues. My body of knowledge is…my body’s knowledge. Welcome to my Website and I hope you enjoy your visit here. I always enjoy hearing from my visitors, so please feel free to send me a note through the email link using “Contact Info” on the top menu bar. If there is a topic of interest for you which you do not see here, please email me and I will research and compile the information for you to the best of my ability.
Briefly then, I will share 40 years of hormone history in a few paragraphs! At the ripe old age of 9 years, I had my first ovary removed. This seemed to have little impact on my life at the time, other than being an omen of things to come. At age 21, I was diagnosed with a major over-active thyroid problem. My thyroid condition was so severe that my specialist told me he didn’t know exactly how over-active my thyroid actually was. My test scored off their charts. It is also unknown for how many years my over-active thyroid had raged. At each annual doctor appointment I would share my symptoms: extreme sweating throughout the day; tremors and shakiness; migraines; my hair fell out by the handful; a completely compromised immune system — I had severe allergies and came down with every bug that was going around from the stomach flu to larangitis and pleurisy (a very painful type of pneumonia). In spite of these symptoms, my thyroid was never tested.
Finally treating my thyroid brought on a too-low-thyroid response which had to be corrected through medication. This severe swing in my condition brought on a lengthy depression, as well a battle to re-build my immune system and general health. This is when I started reading everything I could find on the thyroid. It is interesting to note, that during these years, which would be the mid-80’s, thyroid problems were not investigated readily by doctors. I have many friends who, based on my experience, would ask their family doctor to test their thyroid and were flatly told that it was not necessary. There was an article in the Readers’ Digest magazine in 1988 which brought awareness to this condition to their readership. I rejoiced when I saw this issue. I took it around to everyone I knew and said “see, see…I wasn’t crazy!” From this point on, I noticed that more and more mainstream magazines were picking up on this subject. Now, thank goodness, the thyroid test is usually included in a general battery of blood work.
In 1997, at age 33, the surgical removal of my last existing ovary plunged me into what is called “surgical menopause”. My entry to this phase of life was termed by my doctor as “violent”, due to my young age and unnatural method. I began another battle of symptoms such as I had never experienced: hot flashes; night sweats; forgetfulness; weight loss and weight gain; complete emotional instability. I literally turned into a person I did not recognize. Immediately after my surgery, and before I even knew what was happening, I was on synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy to try to control the menopausal symptoms I was having. I knew in my heart that this was the wrong treatment for me. This was reinforced to me years later when the Women’s Health Initiative abandoned their study on HRT due to unfavourable results.
I had to get off of HRT. In the face of unsupportive doctors I began what was to become a lifelong quest to find the most natural therapies and support in order to regain my health. Shortly after my surgery, I went to my local library and checked out every book I could find on the subject of menopause and hormones. I came home with 5 books. One was a highly technical medical journal, one was a woman’s rant about her menopause, and the other three offered no more than the odd tidbit of moderately-helpful information. Over a decade later, the information which is now available to us on the Internet and in print is profound.
During my research, I began to challenge my doctors about the dangers of synthetic HRT, the risk of not balancing progesterone and estrogen, and other related issues. These and other arguments were met with either a dismissive pat on the head, or an inference that I knew not of which I spoke. Now, over a decade later, mainstream medical doctors are writing articles proving the positions I had held for myself on these topics. So, mainstream medicine is opening their minds; we have so much available to us in terms of natural remedies and therapies; we can visit Naturopathic Doctors and other alternative health-care providers and use their support in concert with that of our mainstream Medical Doctor. Let’s make the most of the beginning of this enlightened time and find our path to optimal hormone health!