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HASHIMOTO'S AWARENESS: Hashimoto's Awareness Summit Fall 2015

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Hashimoto's Awareness Organization wrote -

​"Hashimoto’s Awareness raises awareness of the auto-immune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, connecting people to proper testing for early diagnosis through education, advocacy and advancing research. We stand to inspire people to live a symptom free life."


How Hashimoto's Awareness was born.

Pearl and I were raising awareness of the disease individually for a while. We were holding our own support groups, we both had an active Facebook pages, and we were exploring ways to expand... Marc Ryan L.Ac. and Functional Practitioner, was giving us both consultations separately. One day, he suggested that we connect, since we were both living in NYC and doing the very same thing! 

On March 16, 2014, Pearl and I met in Hu-Kitchen, our favorite Paleo Diet restaurant on 5th Ave, and we immediately saw the possibility of creating something bigger than ourselves together! Our combined energy was effervescent!  We had big dreams since we were both in remission from Hashimoto's and passionate about sharing our journey with others still struggling with the disease. Serendipity! I had met my teammate and a dear friend to be. Together, we became unstoppable.  We immediately filed a non-profit organization known as HA!  Today, we have launched a campaign on and with the funds we are starting to organize the very first National Conference on Hashimoto's Thyroiditis!


DONATION REWARDS: Estimated Delivery May 2015

Donate any amount here and we will keep you updated on our campaign. Your contribution means the world to us. Below are the rewards for each donation. We invite you to look at the gifts you are about to receive! We appreciate your support!


Pledge $15

Thank you for joining our community and we will keep you updated on our campaign!


Pledge $25

  • HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together"


Pledge $75

  • HA beautiful bracelet -  with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 
  • 30 minute session with Pearl & Fabienne: Co-Creative Directors and Co-Founders for HASHIMOTO'S AWARENESS! 


Pledge $150

  • HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 
  • Mickey Trescott's book, Nutrionist/Author - The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook with note from the author.

With the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook as your guide, you'll be inspired to take your health into your own hands--finding better health in the face of autoimmunity, while thoroughly enjoying every last bite!


Pledge $ 250

  • HA beautiful bracelet -  with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 
  • Datis Kharrazian's book - "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal", with a note from the author.

A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS. 


Pledge $500

  • HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 
  • Izabella Wentz's(PharmD, FASCP) Book : The Root Cause. with a note from the author.

New York Times Bestseller: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause", is a groundbreaking manual that will provide the reader with a roadmap to identify and remove the triggers associated with causing thyroid autoimmunity. With note from the author.

Pledge $1000

  • HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 
  • Stacey Robbins's bookYou’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone, Losing the Victim, Finding Your Sense of Humor, and Learning to Love Yourself Through Hashimoto’s. With a note from the author.
  • 45 minute consultation with Stacey Robbins.

Having the opportunity to speak with Stacey is a real privilege for us all whether you are dealing with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or not!​


Pledge $2500

1. HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 

2. ALL BOOKS with a note from the author.

3.  4 Weeks to Healing: Designing your Hashimoto’s Lifestyle WITH:

  • Marc Ryan, L.A.c./Functional Practitioner PROGRAM

Discover keys to successfully creating a Hashimoto’s diet plan, special exercises and Qi Gong for Hashimoto’s, a proven strategy for stress elimination and tools for creating positive, sustainable habits and more…Amazing!!

4. A Full Case Review with Marc Ryan: 

  • Includes a full review of medical records, a complete work up of all the systems of your body and your brain with a detailed diet, lifestyle and supplement plan made just for you.

You will love the program and Marc's kind-hearted spirit!


Pledge $5000

1. HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together" 

2. ALL BOOKS with a note from the author.

3. 30 minute consultations with ALL EXPERTS!

  • Mickey Trescott   @ 30 minutes
  • Datis Kharrazian @ 30 minutes
  • Stacey Robbins  @ 45 minutes
  • Marc Ryan           @ 30 minutes 
  • Izabella Wentz     @ 30 minutes

Pledge $10,000

1. HA beautiful bracelet - with our logo and campaign quote, "Healing Together"  

2. ALL BOOKS  with a personal note.

3. Izabella Wentz's 12 week program  + 1 consultation.

  • Start dates June 2015  OR  Sept 2015

4. Stacey Robbins : Personal Healing Retreat weekend in Southern California!!  

  • Travel and lodging included. 
  • Start dates: TO BE ANNOUNCED.


Thank you for making THE difference for Hashimoto's Awareness. We appreciate your contribution and support. 


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Pearl's Journey:

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in February of 2012. I was fortunate enough to have been referred to a wonderful integrative physician who gave me proper testing for early diagnosis. Months leading up to my appointment, my personal trainer noticed my energy levels going down in our high intensity workouts. I was cranky, my hairline was thinning and I was experiencing 2-3 inch hives on my calves, that were itchy, brown colored and stuck around up to three weeks. I took action and made an appointment for blood work.

Two weeks later, at my follow up appointment, I was diagnosed. My TSH and TPO levels were off the charts.  I was instructed to start a natural hormone medication Nature-throid, stop eating gluten, wheat, soy, and dairy and was instructed to start adding supplements: such as, Liquid D3, B-12, Omega 3's, a powered form of probiotics, and meditation.  

At the time, I realized this was a serious condition and it was time to act NOW. I chose to start doing some research. Fortunately, I stumbled across a book by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, who some call, the Functional Medicine Guru, the book is called, " Why am I still having thyroid symptoms, when my lab tests are normal?" and I started reading. I found out that Hashimoto's disease was killing my immune system, brain function, and circulatory system. Everything he wrote about from vitamin deficiencies to recommending a diet free of, gluten, soy, wheat, corn and eggs; I was dumbfounded. This book was my best friend. His research gave me hope that I could put this disease in remission quickly.  I followed his protocol diet and began my journey to remission.

Six months later after following Datis's protocol diet, I was sleeping better, finally losing weight, my hair was thicker, and I was no longer depressed or experiencing anxiety attacks. It was working. Changing my diet was working!  I then went for my next round of blood work and my results came back, my TSH and TPO were now in normal range! My doctor stated, "You are a miracle walking. I have not yet seen someone's levels go up so quickly." I was in full remission from the disease. And in that moment, I knew this was possible for others.

Today, after three years in remission, I've dedicated my life to being of service in the Hashimoto's community. And through that, I am the Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of the not-for-profit, Hashimoto's Awareness. I work alongside of an incredibly talented and driven friend and kindred spirit, Fabienne Heymans, who is also in remission from the disease. As we work with some of the top experts in the community, we have a great vision for this organization and how we might be of service in many ways to others. We are committed to bringing clarity to the community that is in need of education on this serious disease and we believe we will make the difference worldwide.

What I will share with others struggling with the disease is that you are not alone. And remission is possible if you're willing to do the work. We are here to support you in an empowering way and we promise your journey to remission will be inspiring, powerful, and supported by a community that stands as your greatest fans.


Fabienne's Journey :

It is truly by accident that I was diagnosed after being sick nearly all my life. I experienced highs and lows, as you all know, I am sure! The symptoms included brain fog, extreme fatigue, joint pain, hair loss, thinning skin, sensitivity to perfumes, just to name a few.

By February 2012, my immune system was at its worst! Menopause only made matters worse. I was scheduled for surgery to remove one of my parathyroid glands which was inflamed to twice its normal size! The scan of the thyroid gland showed many patches on the tissue and a biopsy confirmed Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Yeahh, thank you God!! Ironically, one of the best days of my life!! I finally had an answer to my question about why I had all these symptoms.  I finally confirmed that, “NO, I wasn't crazy” all these years!

Here is the lab-test at the time I was diagnosed in February 2012.

TPO: 336
Vit D: 17
TSH, Free T4 and T4  were in the average.
Cholesterol: 266
LDL: 176
RDW: 23

The surgery was supposed to be a minor procedure. But, my body, after fighting all these years, on every level of my being, was emotionally, psychologically and physically exhausted.

After the surgery, I was not waking up from the anesthesia. The entire day went by and still I wasn't coming back from the place between life and death.  To keep the story short, I finally woke up with the determination to make a difference for all the people that are in despair, struggling with Hashimoto's, and who don't know how or where to look for support.

All my life, the medical field insisted that all my lab tests were normal and therefor they claimed that my symptoms must be of psychological origin. I promised myself that no one should ever be in this position ever again and from there everything changed!

After reading Dr. Datis Kharrazian's book, “Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?” I researched and found a Functional Practitioner in NYC. I learned the critical importance to stop eating gluten completely. I started taking the right supplements according to Dr. Kharrazian’s protocol and I started feel significantly better.

Although the journey is ongoing, I have a strong support system and a great community as a resource when I need it . Today, I live a productive life in NYC and dedicate my days to empowering others with Hashimoto’s to live a symptom-free life.  











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