Welcome! I created The Invisible Hypothyroidism, an award winning patient advocacy blog, as a means for me to record my personal journey of battling hypothyroidism, but also to help others by advocating for better thyroid disease diagnosis and treatment.
I have one simple message:
“Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate.”
“If you are looking for friendly, down-to-earth, commentary and information on thyroid conditions, The Invisible Hypothyroidism is the place to go.” – The National Academy of Hypothyroidism.
The World Health Organization estimates that 750 million people in the world have some form of thyroid disease
Including at least 1 in 20 people in the UK say the BTF (though I believe it’s more common)
And more than 12 percent of the U.S. population developing a thyroid condition during their lifetime, say the ATA
Yet the ATA also say that as many as 60% are undiagnosed
And of those diagnosed, a lot are not adequately treated.
I believe in each patient getting the right treatment for them, as there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to hypothyroidism. This is why I write with the aim of encouraging each thyroid patient to embrace advocating for themselves. I am the most prominent thyroid blogger and advocate from the UK, as the vast majority are based within the US, so I also provide a valuable voice for thyroid patients who live in the UK and are treated for their hypothyroidism on the NHS. Saying this, I do speak for those living with thyroid disease all over the world.
It upsets me to see so many thyroid patients still struggling daily when we deserve to be in good health and it can be achieved. It’s a scandal that so many of us are still unwell on standard treatment. I am passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
I do this by writing blogs about my personal experiences – the ups and downs – of living with thyroid disease, it’s linked conditions and my mental health experiences. I produce informative articles, too, to educate and empower fellow thyroid patients and I am a regular content contributor for The Mighty and ThyroidChange, writing for many other websites as well, to spread awareness of what we go through. As well as writing for The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, I have been featured in their Top 7 Thyroid Blogs You Need to Read, as well as ranking at number 3 in the Top 10 Hypothyroidism Blogs and Websites in 2018. I have also been interviewed by the BBC several times regarding Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, and have done a podcast with Dr Nikolas Hedberg on my thyroid advocacy work and the issues patients face. So I really do work in many ways to raise awareness and advocate for thyroid patients!
Check out all the good stuff The Invisible Hypothyroidism gets involved in here.
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How To Locate Articles and Posts:
If you’re looking for a specific post or topic, then use the search bar on the right to search. Otherwise, use the menu along the top of the page to locate specific categories and series.
If you’ve just been diagnosed or are just starting to learn about the condition, click Help! I’m New To This! It includes lots of helpful links to get you started.
We’ve got lots to learn, myself included! The topic of thyroid disease and all its related topics is so very vast.
Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism