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”

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”

Are You Over Exercising and Damaging Your Thyroid?

Whilst exercising is well known to be beneficial and in fact crucial for good health, there is such a thing as over exercising.

Could you be pushing your body too far and causing more harm than good?

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4 Things Every Person with a Hypothyroid Friend Should Be Aware Of

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.

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Traveling Tips When You Have Hypothyroidism

Travelling with a chronic illness can seem daunting. Especially if you also have specific dietary requirements and/or your medication isn’t conventional. 

So I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learnt since having hypothyroidism and travelling around the world. 

I wrote this post back in November last year, but scheduled it to post this summer in preparation for all of you going on your hols!

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An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient”

Dear hypothyroid patient,

Through having an underactive thyroid, you will feel lost, frustrated and lonely. At times, you will feel fed up.

You will also become stronger, more independent and protective of your health.  Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient””

Grieving For Who You Were Before You Had Hypothyroidism

Before twenty, the age at which I started experiencing hypothyroid symptoms that really interfered with my life and became a problem, I was an incredibly busy, active and driven person. Continue reading “Grieving For Who You Were Before You Had Hypothyroidism”

Happy Mother’s Day

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”

When Someone Says I’m Too Young to Have a Chronic Illness

Chronic illness. It’s a term that sounds scary and dramatic to some.

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A chronic illness is a condition or disease that is long-lasting and usually lifelong, which includes Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Having a chronic illness, well two of them actually, I often refer to myself as a ‘Spoonie‘, someone with a limited amount of energy. More info here.

When people ask me what a Spoonie is, and I explain that I have a limited amount of energy that affects my day to day life, so much so that I have to plan my use of ‘spoons‘ i.e. energy, wisely, I often receive a nod of recognition. But I have also been told “You’re too young to have a chronic health condition!” or “You won’t be really ill for years yet.”

Erm. I do have a chronic illness. A few, actually. And I have been really ill!

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An Open Letter From a Hypothyroid Patient: “To My Amazing Other Half”

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””