Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests

Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming  back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want? Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself. Continue reading “Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests”

Getting Housework Done with Hypothyroidism

I’ve always been a tidy, organised person. It’s just who I am. I keep a diary of mine and my fiance’s plans, meetings and reminders and my life is as organised as it can be. This is also reflected in my home and again, always has been. Whilst most twelve year olds were dancing around their room to the latest tune from their favourite band, I was cleaning my room. I was reorganising my already organised room and whizzing round the wooden flooring with baby wipes. I was a strange child. I’ll give you that.

The point is, I’ve always been happy in a clean and tidy environment and I take pride and comfort in such an environment. I feel most relaxed and accomplished in one. My anxiety disorder is calmed when in a clean and tidy room and it never took up much of my time.

But when hypothyroidism struck, this changed my ability to keep it up.  Continue reading “Getting Housework Done with Hypothyroidism”

Series: GU. Entry: 2. A General Update on My Thyroid, Adrenal, Sex Hormone, Acne, Mental and-Everything-Else Health

It’s been almost three months since my last general update but it feels like just a month in my time. It’s been a very up and down time indeed. 

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I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work

Prior to my decline in health due to the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), I was top of my class or among the top in every school class, year on year. I did well at school and college and I had a thirst for learning whatever I could. I enjoyed learning. Continue reading “I Worry That Brain Fog Makes Me Look Incompetent at Work”

When Our Posting On Social Media Annoys Other People

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… There’s a new popular social media site every year, it seems. People use them to share life updates with friends and family, to discuss the shows they’re watching, watch funny videos and read articles. Different people use these sites differently. Maybe you only post every now and then or it’s possible you post every day. Do you use it to share happy news and positive posts or possibly to vent about your crap day or seek comfort and help from others? Maybe you do both. Either way, it’s up to you how you use your account.

But who hasn’t shared something that’s irritated someone else? A status that someone has deemed ‘sharing too much’, a political post, ‘yet another moany post’ or even ‘another selfie’. The chances are, at some point, we’ve all shared or posted something online that another social media user has complained about, whether to our faces or not. Perhaps they responded with an ironic, hypocritical post, moaning about the people who moan online.

So where does this tie in with those of us who live with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and all the other related health conditions? Continue reading “When Our Posting On Social Media Annoys Other People”

Beyond Bread Bakery in London

When you travel somewhere different, being sure that you’ll have something to eat when you follow a specific diet can be a little hard. Especially if your trip is revolving around food with friends, catch up over a drink or even ordering a take-away. It can be a minefield! 

But being gluten free in London was easy the other week. One gem I discovered was the Beyond Bread Bakery. 

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Difficult Mornings with Hypothyroidism

Today was a difficult morning. It’s not unusual – most mornings with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue are difficult. I almost didn’t get out of bed due to being very fatigued and in muscle pain because I visited family yesterday for a cup of tea and then stayed up until 11pm. It’s crazy that we ‘pay’ for doing something so minor to others.

But I’m dressed and off to work.  Continue reading “Difficult Mornings with Hypothyroidism”

The Dilemma of Juggling Fun With Repercussions

As a thyroid patient, do you find yourself weighing up whether to have fun – do leisure activities, leave the house or socialise – with feeling ill the next day?

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Receiving a Bear Hugs Gift Box

Bear Hugs is a company I’ve been aware of for a couple of years, when it was still fairly new and on etsy. I’ve sent countless Bear Hugs gift boxes to friends going through a tough spot, poor health or other stressful time and they always went down really well. I felt so glad when they text me, surprised and thankful for the gesture. I obviously saw what they looked like to receive on the Bear Hugs website as well as in the photos my friends took of them when they arrived, but I’d never received one myself or seen them in real life. Until recently.

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When I Bonded With a Stranger Over Having Thyroid Disease

In July last year, I completed the 5k Color Run course, raising money for Thyroid UK, a charity that campaigns for and provides information and support to those with thyroid disease and related disorders. I wanted to help them in their mission to provide information and resources to promote effective diagnosis and appropriate treatment for people with thyroid disorders. As someone with hypothyroidism, it was really important to me.

The 5k went well and at a pub in the evening, while having a drink to celebrate my achievement (having hypothyroidism made the course difficult to complete), I visited the toilet. After coming out of the cubicle and washing my hands in the sink, I commented on the pair of amazing shoes the woman standing next to me was wearing. They were mega high and bright pink and sparkly. She explained that she was here for a wedding and asked what I was here for. I replied that I had done the The Color Run that day, going on to explain what it was.

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