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”
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?
Continue reading “The Dilemma of Juggling Fun With Repercussions”
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.
Continue reading “Receiving a Bear Hugs Gift Box”
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.
Continue reading “When I Bonded With a Stranger Over Having Thyroid Disease”
When the average person gets ill – catches a cold, a sickness bug, virus etc. – it can feel rubbish enough. Having to take a day or two off work, cancel plans with friends or family and put up with a messy house is all part and parcel of being ill. Everyone gets ill from time to time, even those with the best immune system.
But what is it like for those of us who already live with a chronic illness? Continue reading “Catching an Illness When You Already Have Hypothyroidism”
Mental illness isn’t black and white. Sometimes we know what’s led to it, what has flared it up and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere, sometimes we see it coming. It can be a chemical imbalance, a hormonal imbalance or even situational. But it’s never straightforward.
Continue reading “Mental Illness Isn’t Black and White”
Do you ever forget to take care of yourself?
Practising self care is crucial for everyone, but more so if you live with chronic and/or mental illness. Finding time to look after you and nourish your body and mind is important and doing so regularly will hopefully help you to manage any physical or mental health conditions. Scheduling even one or two evenings a week where you do some of these activities will help.
So, here are some simple things you can do to practise self care. Continue reading “Ways You Can Practise Self-care”
As well as cold intolerance, where you are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, heat intolerance can be a symptom of thyroid disease, too. With the summer upon us, this symptom can be made worse by rising temperatures outside. Continue reading “Heat Intolerance and Thyroid Disease”
Living with hypothyroidism can take over our lives at times. Some of us get better rather quickly with treatment, whereas others can take months or even years to start feeling better. Treatment is very much individual.
For many of us, it changes our lives. Sometimes temporarily but for many, permanently, whether in many, major ways or a few, small ways.
So, to those of you who have a friend or family member with hypothyroidism, I imagine it can be frustrating having your once very reliable and sociable friend, now not-so reliable, not-so available and not-so sociable.
As you read this brief list, I ask that you remember that the person you know with hypothyroidism did not ask for this disease, and they are just as gutted as you are, that they have it and it affects their life so much. If not more. It’s not their fault.
They never in a million years thought they would wake up one day too unwell to function like they used to, and have a battle in trying to return to as close to full health as they can. Which seems impossible most the time.
Continue reading “4 Things Every Person with a Hypothyroid Friend Should Be Aware Of”