Leanne’s Thyroid Story


Listen Now!

“It’s ok to give yourself permission to rest and not feel lazy”

Leanne’s Thyroid Story, like so many is long and windy and reveals a deeply personal struggle and commitment to her own health.

Perhaps one of the reasons I love talking to people about their journey’s is that the people I talk to are inspiring! They are tenacious. They’ve learnt to trust themselves, advocate for themselves and want to help others avoid some of the pitfalls they’ve fallen into. Leanne is one of these inspiring women.

As a former nurse and midwife, Leanne says she learnt how to talk to doctors and how to speak their language to help advocate for her own health, which she had to do as her doctor at first didn’t want to give her the referral for the full thyroid panel. Lucky she did as she was called back within 24 hours  with a Hashimoto’s diagnosis, but the doctor didn’t give her much info, so she said “I just left that appointment, came home and cried. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t know anything about Hashimoto’s”. (Interestingly, Nikki in her story said much the same thing)

Leanne has really taken her health in her own hands and, together with the help of a couple of different naturopaths has been able to identify a key root cause/trigger and how to really manage that part of her health.

We talk about:

  • Reducing anti-bodies
  • How to include your partner in the health process
  • How important it is to find the right practitioner to work with at the right time
  • Liver support
  • How to pace yourself – Leanne says this has been critical for her as a way of empowering her to exercise self-care – she has a few practices she’s built into her calendar too.
  • How resting is not lazy.
  • Our favourite essential oils – how to use them safely (& what NOT to do!)

I ask all my guests what their top 3 tips are, Leanne’s are:

  1. See a naturopath and/or herbalist.
  2. Get a second opinion.
  3. Trust yourself.

Thank you Leanne for sharing your story with me, I know it will be an encouragement to many others as they travel their thyroid journey’s too.


smiling lady yellow background

related podcast episodes

If you enjoyed this episode and are looking for more discussion around reducing stress, learning to unwind and self-care, check out these episodes:

#33: Let’s Talk Detox

#8: Building your thyroid support team


If you’ve been around me for long, you know I love words, AND I love to wear them! I got one of these gorgeous WORD bracelets for Christmas and now I’m thrilled to be able to team up with Luke from Veralany to offer you a special deal to get your own personalised bracelet. It’s a win win win. You get to have the words you choose to keep you inspired on your wrist AND save $21. I receive a $21 commission & word you have a way to anchor your important words and Luke has another happy customer and knows that you will love wearing your bracelet and being inspired. Win Win Win.

You can see mine in the last photo – I’m about to get my word for 2021, UNDAUNTED added to it.

Just head to veralany.com and enter the code annabel at checkout for your $21 discount.

Follow @veralany_ on Instagram for some ideas!

Suspect you have a thyroid issue? PLEASE trust your instincts and get it thoroughly checked out with your health practitioner. This thyroid basics page has an overview of what tests to ask for and an affiliate link to use a private lab if your doctor won't order them.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.




The KISS Thyroid Coaching Program is all about Keeping It Super Simple as you implement your thyroid-friendly lifestyle over 8 weeks of personal 1 on 1 coaching.

More info...


30 day program, to help kickstart thyroid-friendly diet & lifestyle changes. Start Monday!

Sign up!

thyroid coaching package


Take control of the overwhelm.

Book a 60 min strategy session with me.

More info...


thyroid coaching package


Everything I know about living a thyroid-friendly lifestyle I've put into a book. Let's Talk Thyroid: Positive & Practical Thyroid Help

Buy now.


Let's Talk Thyroid is a mix of my experiences, interviews with my community and thyroid experts from around the world..



Come and hang out with my online in our Let’s Talk Thyroid Community of over 1000 people just like you! It's free!