Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month – September 2017

Today is the 1st September, which marks the start of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, an annual event that is the prime opportunity for us to spread awareness of the effects and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. 

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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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I Did the Colour Rush to Raise Money for Thyroid UK

On Sunday just gone, I completed The Colour Rush course in aid of Thyroid UK

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Untreated ‘Borderline Hypothyroidism’ Leaves Many Thyroid Patients Unwell

I hate the term ‘borderline hypothyroid’ or ‘subclinical hypothyroidism’. It leaves many people undiagnosed and ill. Many just get worse and worse with time. 

The photo on the left below is from two years ago today when I was incredibly ill from ‘only borderline hypothyroidism’, as the doctor kept telling me. You can clearly see that I was not well.
They refused to treat me for my failing thyroid gland, being destroyed by my own immune system and dismissed my concerns of feeling overwhelmingly fatigued, weak and unfit. At the end of the day on which this photo was taken, after walking around Edinburgh, I collapsed at the hotel, passing out from pure exhaustion. It took a good hour or so for me to come back around. It was very scary.
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100,000 Views for The Invisible Hypothyroidism 

This site – my blog, my baby – passed 100,000 all time views tonight, which is amazing. It only went live just under 14 months ago!

In that time, site analytics tell me that I’ve reached over 55,000 individual thyroid patients, from 146 different countries. That’s many backgrounds, cultures, walks of life and ethnicities. Because hypothyroidism doesn’t discriminate.  Continue reading “100,000 Views for The Invisible Hypothyroidism “

Fundraising 2017 – Some Goodies From Thyroid UK

A few weeks ago, I explained how I’d decided to fundraise for Thyroid UK again this summer. Last July, I completed The Color Run and raised £437.50 including gift aid. This year, I’ve set a modest target of £100 and am being joined by four team mates, for The Fun Colour Rush, which looks very similar to The Color Run, but has a cheaper entry fee as well as being much closer to where we live.

After letting Thyroid UK know, who were very thankful and appreciative for it, they offered to send us some free Thyroid UK vests to wear over our official Colour Rush T Shirts, as well as some temporary tattoos, wristbands and trolley keys, which was really kind of them.

We’re going to look so geared-up when we hit that start line!

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The Colour Rush will be a real challenge for most of the team, due to various health conditions, but we’ll be supporting each other round the 5k course, which sees participants showered in a different coloured powder at each 1k, meaning they finish looking like a rainbow with big grins on their faces!

You can sponsor me and my team here – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamfabulousforthyroiduk#.WLa64TlvZjE.facebook

Thank you 🙂

I have used BT MyDonate over JustGiving, as they give the charities a lot more of the money raised. JustGiving take a big chunk of what’s donated.

Our ‘Invisible Illness’ Isn’t Really Invisible

Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid and thyroid disease, is an invisible illness. This means that the effect it has on someone living with it isn’t always obvious or visible, but it doesn’t make it any less impacting on the person’s life. 

Around 750 million people in the world live with some form of thyroid disease, yet many keep their health condition concealed, afraid that friends, family and co-workers just won’t understand this often debilitating condition. 

Let’s try to understand. 

Here are real people, holding real statements, who have really been affected by thyroid disease and want people to start realising. 

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What Did Hypothyroidism Do to You?

I’m currently working on a new project.

I am wanting to get as many of us as possible to hold a piece of card or paper in a photo, saying what hypothyroidism has done to us, in order to create a powerful blog post or huge collage of them to make people more aware of just what we go through/have gone through with hypothyroidism.

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I want to grab peoples’ attention and make them think.

I want to make them REALISE.

We all have varying statements to make on how it’s affected us, such as:
‘Hypothyroidism ruined my ability to work.’, ‘Hypothyroidism stole my hair.’, ‘Hypothyroidism ruined my relationship.’, ‘Hypothyroidism stole my happiness.’

Real, thought-provoking statements held by real people who have REALLY gone through this and been affected by it.

I want people to take notice and be aware of what it does to us.

You can send your contribution to invisiblehypothyroidism@gmail.com or use the hashtag #theinvisiblehypothyroidism