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:

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.

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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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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: 


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.


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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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”

Types of Medical Practitioners You May See as a Thyroid Patient

As a thyroid patient, there are a few different types of doctors you may see for your condition. Some can be more useful in addressing different areas of the condition than others and different patients find different success with different types of doctors. You may have tried a few of these already, but I’m going to sum up what each one is, how they look at hypothyroidism and why they may be helpful to you. 


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Good Foods for an Underactive Thyroid

We often see infographics and articles shared around the internet about foods that we should avoid when we have hypothyroidism, such as goitrogens, soy and gluten, but what about foods that are good for us?

Give us the list of stuff we can eat without feeling guilty!

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