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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List of Thyroid (and related) events

The below dates and events are listed here for ease, so that we have all the relevant events to hand, in which we can raise awareness of thyroid disease and various related topics.


Thyroid Disease Awareness Month
– Is always held in January

(National) Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month
– Is always held in March. It’s often referred to as ‘National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month’, focusing on the US, but I believe we should make it an international event, so I refer to it as simply Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month.

International Thyroid Awareness Week
– It was from the 23rd May – 29th May in 2016
and should be similar dates in future years.

World Thyroid Day is always on the 25th May

Thyroid cancer awareness month
– Is always held in September

Invisible Illness Awareness Week
– It was from the 26th September – 2nd October in 2016
and should be similar in future years.

Thyroid UK‘s Thyroid Awareness Week.
– The charity Thyroid UK celebrate Thyroid Awareness Week in October
– It was from the 15th-21st October in 2016 and should be similar dates in future years.


If you believe I’ve missed any relevant awareness weeks/months/days etc. then please do let me know. 

Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2016: Do I Look like I Have a Chronic Illness?

Here I am; Rachel. Blogger and total foodie. I enjoy keeping busy, active and arranging social gatherings.

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I’m twenty-three, I have a full-time job and bought my first home earlier this year. I’m your regular twenty-something, who enjoys shopping, going out, travelling and just generally making the most of life.

Hypothyroidism; an Invisible Illness

Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid, is generally seen as an invisible illness. It often isn’t taken seriously. Why is it so hard to see what it does to those around us?

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