What to Do After Being ‘Glutened’

For many autoimmune hypothyroid patients (around 90% of us with an underactive thyroid), following a gluten free diet and lifestyle is key to helping them feel better and manage their condition more effectively. 

But what happens if you’re ‘glutened’ by mistake?

Continue reading “What to Do After Being ‘Glutened’”

International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue

The 8th March marks International Women’s Day, commemorating the movement for women’s rights.

I’d also like to touch on the fact that Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s affects a lot more women than men (7-15 times more women), but sadly a lot of women, when they go to the doctor complaining of tiredness, depression, brain fog, memory problems, weight gain etc. are made to feel as if they are hypochondriacs. 

I myself and many other women have been made to feel as if we’re making it all up or are brushed off with “Well this is all normal for a woman your age”, “It’s all in your head”, “Just eat less and move more”, which is utterly wrong and disgusting.

Middle aged women are especially likely to be told that it’s all normal for someone their age, even, and then sent back out the door with nothing more. As someone who had symptoms since my teen years, I also experienced difficulties in getting diagnosed and being listened to, as doctor’s felt that I was too young to really be experiencing all the symptoms I said I was (muscle cramps, heavy fatigue, poor stamina, irregular periods, depression, anxiety, acid reflux, brittle nails, aches and pains). I was told that it was ‘all in my head’.

It wasn’t. Continue reading “International Women’s Day and How Thyroid Disease is a Feminist Issue”

Top 6 Pieces of Advice I’d Give to a Patient Newly Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism

I’ve been writing for quite a few different sources and websites lately and wanted to share my piece for Thyroid Central, entitled Top 6 Pieces of Advice I’d Give to a Patient Newly Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

I was delighted to put together a post for a great and up and coming source of thyroid information, and now you’re all able to see it. 🙂 I’ve covered many of the crucial points I believe everyone should know.

You can head on over to Thyroid Central’s website to read it, by following this link: https://www.thyroidcentral.com/top-6-pieces-of-advice-id-give-to-a-patient-newly-diagnosed-with-hypothyroidism/

I Was Interviewed by the BBC About Gigi Hadid but Here’s What We Need to Remember

Today has been a bit manic; waking up late morning due to my current Hashimoto’s flare up, I answered a call from the BBC, wanting to interview me on living with Hashimoto’s. Last night, model Gigi Hadid responded to negative comments concerning her weight fluctuations, which she explained are due to her thyroid condition, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (and I’m assuming hypothyroidism). 


Continue reading “I Was Interviewed by the BBC About Gigi Hadid but Here’s What We Need to Remember”

The Honest Confessions of a Hypothyroid Patient’s Spouse

What is it like living with a hypothyroid partner? What can they do to help?

My fiance and other half of almost eight and a half years wrote this blog after a particularly hard day of trying to support me through my physical and mental health struggles. It’s honest and raw. I hope not only fellow thyroid warriors but also their other halves and friends and family will find this insightful.

Continue reading “The Honest Confessions of a Hypothyroid Patient’s Spouse”

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”

Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism

As well as getting the correct type of thyroid medication for you and the optimal dosage, it’s also important to address other factors that can be contributing to you feeling unwell. Even on thyroid medication and at an optimal dosage.

I thought for a long while that once I reached my optimal dosage on NDT, with lab results to match, that I would return to the level of health and fitness that I had before. But, I didn’t. Even with optimal levels, I still had ongoing fatigue, poor stamina, cystic acne, irregular periods etc. which suggested that I needed to look at other issues and imbalances within my body.  

Continue reading “Leaky Gut, Candida and Autoimmune Hypothyroidism”

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.

Continue reading “My Trip to Frankfurt”