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It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK today and being a mum with thyroid disease can make parenting even more of a challenge.
Many mums battle on with hypothyroidism which can make them even more exhausted, stressed and struggle mentally as well as physically. And I believe this should be recognised.
I’m not yet a mother, but I do worry about that day sometimes, because I know it will be extra difficult now that I’m battling several health conditions; chronic, lifelong ones at that.
I bow down to anyone who is able to run a family and bring up children as well as live with thyroid disease. Thyroid disease alone is hard enough some days, the fatigue, pain, brain fog etc. so having the responsibility and being needed in extra ways seems impossible to me.
A special Happy Mother’s Day to all mother’s with hypothyroidism. You’re amazing.
The book You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has Hypothyroidism, which talks about parenting and the struggles with it when you have hypothyroidism.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.