An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient”

Dear hypothyroid patient,

Through having an underactive thyroid, you will feel lost, frustrated and lonely. At times, you will feel fed up.

You will also become stronger, more independent and protective of your health.  Continue reading “An Open Letter: “Dear Hypothyroid Patient””

How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid



Weight gain. It’s the first symptom people who don’t have hypothyroidism, think of when they hear the term ‘thyroid problem’. It’s often one of the most upsetting symptoms and side effects of poor thyroid function and/or medication, that thyroid patients put up with.

Thyroid disease is often used as a joke or a scapegoat for weight gain. People throw it around, and as such, it’s not taken very seriously.

Many people think it’s just an excuse for being overweight. 

But weight gain is a legitimate symptom of an underactive thyroid, along with many others. Continue reading “How I Lost The Weight I Gained From an Underactive Thyroid”

General Update #8

Well, I thought an update on my general thyroid and related health was needed! 

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What a Difference Getting the Right Medication Makes

What a difference getting the right medication makes. Photo on the left taken 6 months ago, other one taken the other day.


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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Hypothyroidism

There are some things you just shouldn’t say to hypothyroid patients.  Continue reading “10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Hypothyroidism”

My Second Endocrinologist Appointment

I’ve just got back from my second appointment with the endocrinologist. If you remember the first one, you’ll know it didn’t go too well at all. 

My appointment today was.. interesting.

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Why I’m Looking Forward To Tomorrow’s Endocrinologist Appointment

I’m weirdly looking forward to my appointment with the endocrinologist and GP tomorrow. Why? Because I’ve made so much progress.

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When People Belittle Thyroid Disease

I walk in to a room where I’m meeting some people, and they comment that I’ve lost weight. They ask how I’ve done it, and I explain that I simply got my thyroid levels right, finally, after switching thyroid medication. I explain I haven’t really dieted, cut out any food groups or taken a magic pill. I have just got my thyroid levels (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) right, which in-turn have corrected my metabolism, now meaning I can lose the weight gained by my hypothyroidism, just by watching what I eat and exercising enough.

Then someone who is overweight makes that comment:
“I think I must have a thyroid problem then!”

No. No no no no no. Don’t belittle thyroid disease. It’s so much more than weight gain, and I doubt your thyroid is to blame since I’ve noted your eating and exercise habits.

Thyroid disease is not just about weight gain, so don’t make the hell that I and so many others have to go through, the convenient excuse for your bad lifestyle habits.

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