I Got Married

I have a more personal blog for you this week, which, for those of you who have followed me for a while, know I like to include as well as my more informational blogs and articles. 

This one isn’t about me and my personal thyroid struggles though. This one is about Adam, my now husband.  Continue reading “I Got Married”

What Is a Thyroidectomy?

Surgery performed on the thyroid gland is known as a thyroidectomy. This usually involves removing all (a total thyroidectomy) or part (half – a Subtotal/Partial Thyroidectomy or quarter – Thyroid Lobectomy) of the thyroid. A thyroidectomy may be performed as treatment for thyroid cancer, when a goitre or nodule is causing problems or as a form of treatment for hyperthyroidism (it could be after trying radioactive iodine therapy and/or antithyroid drugs, with no success).

A total thyroidectomy is most common, and most commonly performed for thyroid cancer or hyperthyrodism. Continue reading “What Is a Thyroidectomy?”

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/

Thyroid Awareness Month (2018)

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness about that little butterfly shaped gland in your neck, which is responsible for SO much. Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month (2018)”

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.

Rachel sat on a pier in Venice. The Invisible Hypothyroidism Continue reading “My Favourite Sources of Information”

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?

Continue reading “The Invisible Hypothyroidism Christmas Giveaway 2017”

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/hypothyroidism. 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/ 

Eek!

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.

Continue reading “Are You Taking Your Thyroid Medication Properly?”