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. 

Our ‘invisible illness’ isn’t really invisible. Look closer. 


To view the separate photos used in the above video, you may scroll through them below.

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16904886_925842970886484_5598554649656124795_o“30 years diagnosed. Had it since 1974 What would my life be like without hypothyroidism?”

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Part of the I’m Tired project. Sent to me by the hypothyroid patient photographed.

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There are many people out there, people in your life, living with hypothyroidism or other forms of thyroid disease. They may well be struggling; their quality of life affected, from weight gain to brain function, mental health issues, extreme fatigue and pain, just to name a few. See a full list of symptoms here.

If you look closely, our invisible illness isn’t really invisible.


You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given but more information can be found at:

An Open Letter to Friends, Family, Work Colleagues and Doctors of Those with an Underactive Thyroid/Hypothyroidism.

An Open Letter: “Dear Doctor, It’s Not All in My Head.”


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-Rachel

One thought on “Our ‘Invisible Illness’ Isn’t Really Invisible

  1. You are an amazing writer!! Thank you for being the voice for what I’m thinking and feeling! 😊

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