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”
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”
It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK and being a mum with thyroid disease can make parenting even more of a challenge. Many mums battle on with hypothyroidism which can make them even more exhausted, stressed and struggle mentally as well as physically. And I believe this should be recognised. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #theinvisiblehypothyroidism
To my amazing other half,
I know I perhaps don’t say it often enough, lost in amongst all the bad days, the sleepless nights and sleep-filled days, but Thank You. Thank you for understanding that on the days I can’t help with the housework, I don’t have the energy to stand or I get everything muddled up and become frustrated, I’m battling an internal battle and I’m really struggling. Thank you for being there. Thank you for always being supportive. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for being there for me when no one else was. Continue reading “An Open Letter From a Hypothyroid Patient: “To My Amazing Other Half””
Both taken with no make up on, no filters or edits, first thing in the morning and just out the shower.
What’s the difference then? Continue reading “Levothyroxine and TSH; ‘The Gold Standard’”
This book has become my new favourite thyroid book. It’s a bit sciencey, but not too much to put me off, and is full of lots of things you need to know as a thyroid patient, but I had never read anywhere else. Most importantly, it feels honest. I felt the writer’s genuine goal to help people help themselves.
The book covers lots of information about having a thyroid disorder, how to recognise associated problems, and how to take an active part in your own treatment.
I’ll reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.
Continue reading “Book Review of: Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy.. The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it by Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield”
An untreated thyroid problem such as not adequately treated hypothyroidism (common for those on T4-only medication, Levothyroxine and Synthroid and not feeling better, unfortunately), can lead to a number of health problems. Understanding your symptoms of hypothyroidism and having regular tests to monitor it, will help to prevent any complications. I’m going to explore some known complications below.
Continue reading “Other Conditions Hypothyroidism Can Cause”
Today, I had my first visit to the Endocrinologist; a thyroid specialist. It didn’t go too well in all honesty.
I took my letter and he read it before doing anything else. Afterwards, he lectured me on the risks of NDT and explained all about why he would not prescribe it for me. Understandable to a certain degree. He said it hadn’t proven to be any better than Levothyroxine, and when I explained it had been, he just needs to open his eyes to the books and large body of patients out there, he had no answer. As expected, he was praising Levothyroxine (a T4 only medicine) and trying to convince me of it’s high success rate. I explained I’d been in touch with a large body of thyroid patients on-line, and it certainly is not as successful as he thinks. He refused to really listen to anything I had to say about my researching, as of course, I’m just a patient. What do I know?! I only live with this condition, after all.
Continue reading “My First Endocrinologist Appointment”