Hypothyroidism, also called an underactive thyroid and thyroid disease, is an invisible illness. This means that the effect it has on someone living with it isn’t always obvious or visible, but it doesn’t make it any less impactful on the person’s life.
Around 750 million people in the world live with some form of thyroid disease, yet many keep their health condition concealed, afraid that friends, family and co-workers just won’t understand this often debilitating condition.
Let’s try to understand.
Here are real people, holding real statements, who have really been affected by thyroid disease and want people to start realising.
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‘Hypothyroidism stole my Happiness…’
‘Hypothyroidism… out of sight, but always there!’
‘Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s has taken time from my kids, hudband, family and friends’
‘Hypothyroidism is like hell of a disease’
‘Hypothyroidism has drained the life out of me’
‘Hypothyroidism took 9 precious angels from this mommy before we could meet’
‘Hypothyroidism has taken my ability to sleep away!’
‘Hypothyroidism stole me…’
’30 years diagnosed. Had it since 1974 What would my life be like without hypothyroidism?’
‘Hashimoto’s has taken my ability to ever feel normal again… diagnosed 2010 at 11 years old…’
‘Hypothyroidism made me feel confused, alone, overwhelmed, hopeless and scared.’
‘Hypothyroidism stole my energy and joy and gave me pain and sadness’
‘Hypothyroidism took away my ability to cope… physically, emotionally, mentally!’
‘Hypothyroidism made me suicidal’
‘Hypothyroidism made me lose myself. Took away my energy and the ability to cope with day to day tasks’
‘I am tired of being tired’
‘Hypothyroidism has stole my self-confidence’
‘Hypothyroidism has taken away my confidence in who I am!’
‘Hypothyroidism cost me my confidence’
‘Thyroid disease has taken away my connection to my family’
‘Hypothyroidism is an emotional and physical rollercoaster that I want off of.’
‘Hypothyroidism stole my youth, my energy and almost stole my sanity’
‘Hypothyroidism stole my motivation’
‘Hypothyroidism makes me unable to… hold on… wait a minute… I forget what I was doing. Why did I come into this room again? Why am I taking a picture of myself? Oh well, may be it will come back to me. *never does*’
‘Hypothyroidism ripped my clothes and my body apart’
‘Hypothyroidism took away my confidence’
‘Hypothyroidism stole me. The real me. The kid who could run and play and have fun. Now, I’m 18 years old stuck in an old lady’s body.’
‘Hypothyroidism makes me want to up and leave my family… Just disappear and not look back!’
‘Hypothyroidism changed my life from thrive to survive!’
There are many people out there, people in your life, living with hypothyroidism or other forms of thyroid disease. They may well be struggling; their quality of life affected, from weight gain to brain function, mental health issues, extreme fatigue and pain, just to name a few. See a full list of symptoms here.
If you look closely, our invisible illness isn’t really invisible.
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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 writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts and at events about the many aspects thyroid disease affects and how to overcome these.
She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her bestselling books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".