The Truth Behind Social Media and Chronic Illness

An underactive thyroid. Autoimmune disease. Adrenal dysfunction.

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My Video for Health Stories Project

Health Stories Project is a website and community created to give people opportunities to share their personal health experiences and to learn from the experiences of others. You can discover the stories of people facing health challenges similar to your own and connect with a community of people who care, on Health Stories Project’s site.

When they reached out to me to ask if I would film a short video for a piece they needed on hypothyroidism,  of course said yes. They asked me a few questions about my own diagnosis and why I advocate for thyroid disease patients. Continue reading “My Video for Health Stories Project”

When I Worry That Uber Drivers Think I’m Rude

I’ve written a new exclusive piece for The Mighty, about my anxiety when using Uber or other cab services when unwell.

You can head on over to The Mighty to read it, by following this link:

My Motivational, Uplifting and Inspiring Songs For Hypothyroid Patients: Part Three

I posted my selection of twenty songs that motivate, inspire or uplift me on hard days with hypothyroidism, back at the beginning of last year over two separate blogs. You can see part one here and part two here

And now I’ve got part three for you. 

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My Trip to Frankfurt

Last month, I went to Frankfurt for four days to visit the famous Christmas Market. It was a trip I’d wanted to do for a few years – hearing great things about the huge festivities they have there. But with my health, and especially how I’d done on the holiday to Morocco in the summer, I was understandably a bit concerned about how I’d do on this trip, especially as it was going to be cold and on the warmer holiday, I still experienced ill health.

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Beginning a Journey To Body Positivity

I’m ready to begin my journey of body posivity. For a while now, I’ve been following an Instragammer called @BodyPosiPanda who inspires me to make peace with my body, rather than waste any more  of my time and energy pulling it apart in the mirror every day. 

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When I’ve Had to Be Selfish for My Health Conditions

I’m not a selfish person naturally. Not in any way at all. But since going through the motions of being diagnosed with various things such as hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, anxiety disorder and adrenal dysfunction, I’ve had to learn to do more things for me. I’ve had to become more selfish, in order to gain some of my life back and manage my health conditions better.

But being selfish is generally seen as a bad trait to have, with Google’s definition even suggesting this:

lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

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Thyroid Patients: 6 New Year Resolutions You Should Make

I’m writing this the day after Boxing Day, having over indulged in food and spending the last few days feeling grateful for the friends and family in my life who have made the festive season special.

But now that Christmas is (sadly) over, we’re approaching New Year celebrations, which always gets people reflecting over the past year, what the high and low points have been and what (if any) resolutions they may make for the next one.  Continue reading “Thyroid Patients: 6 New Year Resolutions You Should Make”

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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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”