about britt reuter
Being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions didn’t stop me.
After years of struggle, I learned I could ask for more. I’ve rebuilt my health and I’m #livingmybestlife. Now I help women do the same.
In 1998, I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease.
I was just 11 years old.
For a long time, doctors were stumped by my rapid weight loss (despite my voracious appetite), racing heart rate, bulging eyes, and tremors.
When I was finally diagnosed with Graves’ disease (something uncommon in a child so young) and prescribed a 3x’s daily regimen of pharmaceuticals, I remember feeling scared and isolated.
Going to a specialty medical center with my Mom and three younger siblings for monthly tests gave me tremendous anxiety. My eyes would well and I’d look away every time when the nurse came in to draw blood for my tests.
I didn’t have any peers that could relate to what I was going through and I rarely shared details of my experience with them.
What other 6th grader would possibly understand that I was on the same blood pressure medication as my 80yo grandparents?
“All I want is for this to go away and for me to feel normal again.”
It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a second autoimmune disease in my early 20s that I started to learn that I could ask for more from my health.
I’d already been in that place where I just wanted to make it through one more day; where all I wanted was to feel like your average kid who didn’t have a clue what a thyroid was.
This time was going to be different though.
I decided that “good enough” wasn’t good enough for me.
I didn’t want to just survive; I wanted to thrive.
I decided I wasn’t going to just “go through” this obstacle. This time, I was going to “grow through” it.
Sure, those might sound like the sort of cheesy motivational quotes you read on Pinterest. That’s fair. But to me, this re-frame made all the difference in the world!
Instead of asking questions like, “When can this just be over?”, I started to wonder…
“What factors brought me to this point in my health?”
“What changes can I make that will support and nourish my body?”
“What can this challenge teach me?”
If you’re like me and you’re done settling for “just getting by” and are bold enough to ask for MORE from your health, then I want you to take the next step.
Britt Reuter MS, LDN, LN, CNS is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Human Nutrition program at the University of Bridgeport. It’s Britt’s personal experience with chronic inflammation coupled with her formal training in nutrition and functional medicine that empowers her to help women overcome the symptoms they feel stuck with so they can get back to living their best life. Britt lives in the Boston area, consulting with female clients across the US via webcam and phone.