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?
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.
Social events and activities are great for everyone. Spending time with friends, family or even meeting new people is good for our mental health and promotes a good work-life balance for those of us who work. It’s easy to stay home all day or become a recluse, but it takes extra effort for many hypothyroid patients, to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to socialise.