Hello, I'm Ro Dapporto. In 2016, I was officially diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys your thyroid tissue. I had been experiencing symptoms for years and went to multiple doctors and specialists but found no answers. In that time, I suffered from other autoimmune issues like alopecia arreata, arthritis and eczema. I also had shingles, something only immunocompromised people get. Finally, after receiving the diagnosis 'by accident' after a trip to my gynecologist who knew what I was going through , I embarked on two years of intense research into autoimmune disease and overall health. In 2018, I started the AutoImmune Protocol Diet, along with high quality supplements and lifestyle changes including stress management. I had no desire to embark on a life long journey of medicines. Within two months, my labs came back in optimal ranges, I felt like my normal self and once again recognized myself in the mirror. That same year, I finally got pregnant after eighteen months of "unexplained" fertility issues. With small consistent steps toward better health, I was able to get past my infertility with no IVF or hormone treatment necessary. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy in January 2019.