A 70 Year Old’s Thoughts on Living with Hypothyroidism

I’d like to thank the lovely Margaret for featuring in this blog. I’ve known Margaret through my online support group for thyroid patients, for about a year and a half to two years now and she’s come a long way in advocating for her health in that time. I do feel that older thyroid patients’ voices aren’t heard enough, in regards to their experience of living with the condition for so long, which I’m sure we can all learn from.

So thank you Margaret for letting me ask you some questions on living with hypothyroidism as an older member of the thyroid community.

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My Favourite Sources of Information

The Invisible Hypothyroidism isn’t the only source of information out there, for thyroid patients. Heck, before I started this website I read up about my new diagnosis and what it meant, on what must have been hundreds of websites and articles.

However, filtering websites to find the ones you know you can trust and provide reliable info can be daunting, so I’ve summed up my favourite sources of information below. You’ll probably have also noticed that I reference back to and feature a lot of these sources regularly throughout my blogs and writing, too.

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Book Review: The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers, MD

Dr Amy Myer’s generously offered to send me a copy of her second book, The Thyroid Connection, a year ago now and although I finished reading it a good six months ago, I’m finally now writing this review!

Dr Myer’s book is based around her twenty-eight day programme to get you back on track to good health, following a Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism diagnosis. She looks at diet, gut health, stress, supplements and more, all tailored to your situation.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Thyroid Connection by Amy Myers, MD”

The Invisible Hypothyroidism Christmas Giveaway 2017

I haven’t had a giveaway competition for The Invisible Hypothyroidism before, but seeing as my following is growing so quickly these days, after reaching 200,000 views especially, I wanted to celebrate and say thank you. Thank you for supporting me and allowing me to support you in your thyroid journey.

We’re also coming up to Christmas and the two year anniversary of me launching The Invisible Hypothyroidism, so what better time to give back to the thyroid community?

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Hypothyroid Patients

Having a hypothyroid patient on your Christmas shopping list can seem daunting, especially if they follow specific diets or avoid certain chemicals, to help manage their condition/s.

So here I am with a list of ideas for present buying this Christmas season. I hope you find it useful!

(Pssst! If you’re a thyroid patient, you may want to pass this on to your friends and family!)

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I Wrote for the National Academy of Hypothyroidism

Last month, The National Academy of Hypothyroidism reached out to ask me to write a piece around my emotions of being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. I was delighted to put together my post ‘Thankful for My Thyroid Diagnosis’ for such a valuable and well respected source of thyroid information, and now you’re all able to see it!

You can head on over to NAH’s website by following this link: https://www.nahypothyroidism.org/thankful-for-my-thyroid-diagnosis/ 

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Oestrogen Dominance and Hypothyroidism

As well as thyroid hormones, many other hormones are also part of the endocrine system, which all work in a delicate balance with one another. They regulate body temperature, metabolism, energy and reproduction and many thyroid patients are learning that they actually have more at play than just thyroid issues. They also have something called Oestrogen Dominance.

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Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?

How difficult can it be, right? You just swallow your thyroid medication with water and that’s that.

Wrong.

Advice on how to take your medication, whether given by doctors, pharmacists or even on medication box leaflets, can be confusing and contradicting. Let’s explore various factors that can influence our thyroid medication and how best to take it, so that you’re getting the most out of it as possible.

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Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests

Do you still feel like rubbish even though your doctor is insistent that your test results are coming  back ‘fine’ or ‘normal’? Perhaps your doctor isn’t running all the thyroid tests that you want? Many thyroid patients benefit from being more involved in their thyroid care and treatment, which is where self-testing and the ability to order your own tests can be critical tools for empowering yourself. Continue reading “Take Back Control: Order Your Own Thyroid Tests”

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”