It’s the charity Thyroid UK‘s Thyroid Awareness Week from the 30th September – 6th October 2017. Continue reading “Thyroid UK’s Thyroid Awareness Week 2017”
This is a guest post, written by a thyroid patient. Mel wants others to be aware of just how life threatening hypothyroidism can be and the implications it can have.
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.
It sounds mad doesn’t it? That medical professionals across all species, may know more and do more for animals with thyroid problems.
In July last year, I completed the 5k Color Run course, raising money for Thyroid UK, a charity that campaigns for and provides information and support to those with thyroid disease and related disorders. I wanted to help them in their mission to provide information and resources to promote effective diagnosis and appropriate treatment for people with thyroid disorders. As someone with hypothyroidism, it was really important to me.
The 5k went well and at a pub in the evening, while having a drink to celebrate my achievement (having hypothyroidism made the course difficult to complete), I visited the toilet. After coming out of the cubicle and washing my hands in the sink, I commented on the pair of amazing shoes the woman standing next to me was wearing. They were mega high and bright pink and sparkly. She explained that she was here for a wedding and asked what I was here for. I replied that I had done the The Color Run that day, going on to explain what it was.
As well as cold intolerance, where you are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, heat intolerance can be a symptom of thyroid disease, too. With the summer upon us, this symptom can be made worse by rising temperatures outside. Continue reading “Heat Intolerance and Thyroid Disease”
On Sunday just gone, I completed The Colour Rush course in aid of Thyroid UK.
The 25th May marks World Thyroid Day, which is a great opportunity to be raising awareness on thyroid disease.
A few weeks ago, I explained how I’d decided to fundraise for Thyroid UK again this summer. Last July, I completed The Color Run and raised £437.50 including gift aid. This year, I’ve set a modest target of £100 and am being joined by four team mates, for The Fun Colour Rush, which looks very similar to The Color Run, but has a cheaper entry fee as well as being much closer to where we live.
After letting Thyroid UK know, who were very thankful and appreciative for it, they offered to send us some free Thyroid UK vests to wear over our official Colour Rush T Shirts, as well as some temporary tattoos, wristbands and trolley keys, which was really kind of them.
We’re going to look so geared-up when we hit that start line!
The Colour Rush will be a real challenge for most of the team, due to various health conditions, but we’ll be supporting each other round the 5k course, which sees participants showered in a different coloured powder at each 1k, meaning they finish looking like a rainbow with big grins on their faces!
You can sponsor me and my team here – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamfabulousforthyroiduk#.WLa64TlvZjE.facebook
I have used BT MyDonate over JustGiving, as they give the charities a lot more of the money raised. JustGiving take a big chunk of what’s donated.
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.