Thanks so much for your responses, Lisa and Pumpkin! It's good to know I am not alone.
I am so very sorry about your respective struggles with miscarriage and thyroid cancer. It sounds like you've both emerged from your situations with great perspective, and I am so grateful that you're sharing your experiences with me and other thyroid sufferers.
Since posting a few days ago, I've picked up a copy of Mary Shomon's "Living Well with Hypothyroidism," and I am so thankful this woman has shared her research and experiences. She is the author/facilitator for the http://thyroid.about.com/
site that you suggested, Lisa, (thanks for that! great site!), as well as a site at http://www.thyroid-info.com/
. The book was just updated last month and includes up-to-date research findings, as well as her ancedotal advice. What may appeal to us and to other Hashi/hypo sufferers is that she had a successful pregnancy and shares her experience.
I'm also going to order her "Thyroid Guide to Fertility, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding"
Lisa, I did read that a gluten-free diet may help to lower antibodies. I will check that out. I've also learned that selenium may help to reduce antibodies (in addition to its general usefulness for Hashi/hypo conditions).
In addition to an increase in my Synthroid (which I've been doing well on ... although I may investigate a T4/T3 combo of meds), I've just ordered a multivitamin that Shomon suggests because it was specifically designed for people with autoimmune problems. It includes the recommended amount of selenium, as well as other thyroid-specific supportive vitamins/minerals, although some additional supplements are suggested. Here's a link if you're interested:http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/...s.htm%23howcan
I'm eating healthfully, exercising, working down to an ideal weight, etc. I'm also charting my cycles (have been for 2 years--that's actually how I realized something was still wacky with my thyroid despite "normal" TSH results). So I hope all this vigilence will give me a good shot later.
Again, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I wish you both the absolute best and healthy, happy baby vibes all around!!