I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and my husband about my recent Hashimotos diagnosis. It meant so much to us to actually have someone break it down for us and offer suggestions to a more tolerable lifestyle. We understand that we must be patient with the process but better health is doable!! Again, thank you! We know we have the best physician on our side.
I am doing GREAT on my thyroid meds, plus all the other supplements I am taking that you recommended. The combination of the meds and the specific supplements has made such a HUGE difference! I can’t believe how great I feel! I forgot what it was like to feel horrible every day!
In October 2015, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Beverly Gerard. Prior to my appointment I decided that I would follow her advice and instructions for one year, and if after a year I didn’t see significant improvement in my health, I would surrender to the “fact” that I was sick, and I would never be “well”. Little did I know that she would uncover the root cause for my poor health, and give me hope that I could be well. After a comprehensive interview and extensive lab testing, Dr. Gerard reported to me at my follow up appointment that I had Hashimoto Disease. I will never forget the words she said to me when she reviewed my lab results with me. Those words were, “how are you functioning”? I can tell you that I was just barely functioning, and had been barely functioning for many years. I knew that I had thyroid disease, because I had some very basic thyroid labs done several years ago, and my PCP started me on Synthroid. Synthroid did help improve some of my symptoms, but I still didn’t feel well. I kept telling myself that I had to try harder to be well. I will eat “better”. I will exercise more. I will try to be a “better” person. I can tell you all of my best efforts seemed to make things worse. After Dr. Gerard told me that I had Hashimoto Disease, she then said that there was hope and with proper medication, supplements and improved nutrition, I could put Hashimoto’s in remission. WORDS OF HOPE is what she spoke to me. I can tell you that it didn’t take a year to see improved health. Three months after starting my treatment plan, I experienced two significant changes in my health. The first noticeable change was that my anxiety was completely gone, and I felt joyful. Joyful? I had not experienced true joy in – well I don’t even know how many years, and once I was free of anxiety, I then could experience real joy. The journey from October to present hasn’t been easy, because I have had to put forth effort to be well. I have had to be faithful to taking my medication, supplements, resting and eating well. I can tell you that it has been worth the effort. I am so very thankful to have found Dr. Gerard. She gave me hope when I felt hopeless, and she gave me the tools that I needed to use to be well.
I felt very moved to let you know how much I appreciate all of the great care and advice you have given me. You have such a gift with patients for listening, as well giving helpful knowledge. I know these traits as a doctor, as well as a person, will guide you well in your favor in your future endeavors. Thanks you for sharing your passion and goals for your future. You inspired me to look at my life with new eyes. On the road of life you cross paths with many people. Some end up being special and you never forget them because of how they made you feel. I will remember you. Thank you for touching my life.
When I met Dr. Gerard, I was fifty years old, had suffered from menstrual migraines since age 32, and was suffering from the ravages of perimenopause: mood swings, depression, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, and chronic fatigue. I had lost any sense of contentment or peace in most areas of my life. Tears could appear at any time of any day, without cause. Dr. Gerard listened carefully as I described my symptoms. It was reassuring to know that she had worked with patients with symptoms like mine, and could use her experience to create a path toward overall wellness – just for me. She reviewed my lab work, and offered nutritional, holistic, and medical suggestions that have resulted in a pronounced positive effect on my sense of well-being and general health. Through her clear and cogent explanations and support, I am learning how to help myself through ‘the change of life,’ by balancing nutrition, rest, supplements and medicine. The results of her care have been nothing short of astonishing. I have not experienced a menstrual migraine in almost three months. I have lost ten pounds by following the nutritional and exercise program that she recommended. I continue to follow a prescribed regimen of supplements that she designed to balance hormones and relieve fatigued adrenals. I feel calmer than I have felt in months, and am confident that I can proceed more gracefully into the years ahead!
Dr. Gerard made a complete difference in my quality of life. I had reached a low point health wise, and all the doctors I had seen, told me that I am completely normal, but I did not feel normal. My first visit with Dr. Gerard was amazing, she went over my medical history, hormones, etc with a fine tooth comb. She suggested changing my medications around for my thyroid by treating the T3 as well as the T4. Wow what a world of difference. She also suggests several natural supplements to rebuild my adrenal system that was completely fatigued. By following her advice I feel the best I have felt in a very long time. I can even keep up with my very active 2 year old now. I highly recommend Dr. Gerard.