Then she became really sick. So sick, that she was bedridden from exhaustion and could not accept an invitation to speak at Yale because of her declining health, which made her feel embarrassed and ashamed. Finally, she received a prescription from her doctor for an iodine supplement. Sadly, she sat on her iodine supplement for 6 months because she read online posts about adverse side effects and how dangerous iodine is for those suffering from an under active thyroid. She decided against the iodine supplementation because she couldn’t afford her health to potentially get worse.
Unfortunately, her health continued to spiral downward. Julie remembers waking up exhausted and taking her daughter to school only to come home and lay in bed all day until school was out. The worst part was the she wasn’t even sleeping while she was laying down, she was just bedridden with physical exhaustion. She couldn’t even force herself to work. Being a high achiever, she was embarrassed by being unable to function.