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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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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March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

Most often referred to as ‘National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month’, focusing on just the US, I prefer to drop the ‘national’ and call it Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, making it an international event, not just concerning the US.

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Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

One year ago today exactly, I took a photo of me holding a piece of paper that simply said ‘I am the face of thyroid disease’ and posted it online. Underneath the photo, I had a bit of a rant about doctors misdiagnosing thyroid disease, often inadequately treating us and explaining that thyroid disease affects people of all ages, sizes, ethnicity and backgrounds.

I’m doing it again this year, not only sharing that post in the hopes that it will raise some awareness on the symptoms, and mismanagement of thyroid issues, but also with a new post, that I hope expands on the issues I touched on a year ago. 


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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.

September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month (2016)

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

So, you can expect any thyroid awareness organisations, advocates and charities to be posting about it; including me.    Continue reading “September Is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month (2016)”