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Uninvisible Podcast

I was featured on episode 39 of the Uninvisible Pod podcast and the episode is now live.

Recorded back in May 2019, I speak about the build up to my eventual diagnosis of autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s), how I was so unwell that I was bed-bound and unable to work at one point and of course how I resolved this and got my health back to a good place. Continue reading “Uninvisible Podcast”

List of Thyroid (And Related) Events

Originally published on 7th October 2016
Last updated on 11th September 2019

The below dates and events are listed here for ease, so that we have all the relevant events to hand, in which we can raise awareness of thyroid disease and various related topics.

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World Suicide Prevention Day and Thyroid Disease

Originally published on 10th September 2018
Last updated on 10th September 2019

TW: Mental Health, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

When I was in the first few months of my hypothyroidism diagnosis, I was suicidal. 

My quality of life was so poor at twenty-one years old, that I couldn’t bear the daily pain (mental and physical pain) that I woke up with every morning. I just wanted it to end. 

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Thyroid Patients Explain Their Signs of Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer among women, by number of new cases and rates have doubled over the past thirty years and continue to increase. It is two to three times more common in women compared to men, although the cause/s for thyroid cancer, are quite unknown.

Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer. It is a cancerous tumour or growth located within the thyroid gland. This can often lead to various symptoms of thyroid disease and tenderness/swelling.

With it currently being Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, I asked the thyroid community:

If you’ve had experience with thyroid cancer, what were your signs and symptoms that led you to get checked-out and diagnosed?

Comments have been kept anonymous.

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My Teenage Thyroid Cancer Experience

With September being Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, I thought sharing a personal story would be a great opportunity to raise awareness about thyroid cancer and Jenna’s story does a very good job of this. She experienced thyroid cancer at the very young age of just thirteen-years-old.

Written by Jenna, Thyroid Cancer Patient 

My Teenage Thyroid Cancer Experience

In 2016, I went to the doctors for a regular visit and check-up. Everything was normal, but my doctor noticed something. Continue reading “My Teenage Thyroid Cancer Experience”

Win a Copy of The Book ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism’

With the launch of my new book, You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has HypothyroidismI thought I’d host a giveaway competition to enable two of my followers to win a copy!

You, Me and Hypothyroidism Book Cover

Offering the ability to win something is my way of saying thank you for all of your support over the last three years. Without it, I wouldn’t have written this book.

What Do You Win?

I’m giving away two copies of my new book “You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has Hypothyroidism”. One copy to a winner on Facebook and one to a winner on Instagram.

Included in this book written for those who know someone with hypothyroidism:

  • Easy to understand information on what hypothyroidism is and how it affects your spouse, friend or family member.
  • Ways in which you can best support the person you know with hypothyroidism to get them back to good health.
  • Information and practical advice on fertility issues, mental health, changes in sex drive, managing social events, dietary changes, housework and more.
  • Written by a thyroid patient and her husband to deliver both sides of the experience.

What Do You Need To Do To Enter?

Head on over to my Facebook page and follow the instructions on the post. Also head on over to my Instagram post for a second entry. You may also ask friends and family to enter in case they win for you (and they would also benefit from reading it!).

The competition closes and a winner will be drawn on September 20th 2019, the day the book officially comes out and is released to the world!

I hope you’ll enter and I look forward to posting it off to the winner! Small acts of kindness can put big smiles on peoples’ faces.

6 Tips For Achieving a Good Work-Life Balance with Thyroid Disease

I have written quite a few times before, expressing the difficulties that many people with thyroid issues such as hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, face with remaining in employment. 

As well as ensuring that you are on the right thyroid medication for you (which can really improve your quality of life and overall health), that thyroid levels are optimal and any other issues such as low vitamin levels and adrenal dysfunction are addressed, the below suggestions can also help you to achieve a good work-life balance when you have a thyroid condition. 

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Neck Issues; Goitres, Enlargements, Nodules and Cysts

Originally published on 29th March 2016
Last updated on 2nd September 2019

Have you ever noticed that your neck seems enlarged or been told it ‘sticks out’? Does it feel uncomfortable to swallow? Do you struggle to swallow or feel a lump in your throat? Ever feel hoarse?

You could have an enlarged thyroid gland, also called a goitre. It can be slight or very noticeable. Nodules and cysts are also a possibility and should be taken seriously. 

There could be many reasons for goitres or other abnormalities, so I’ve them up below.

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 25th March 2016
Last updated on 2nd September 2019

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

3-Minute Thyroid Tips

Following my Thyroid Refresh Podcast, I was also asked to film a 3-Minute Thyroid Tip video for their YouTube channel and it’s now online for you to watch! 

It seems the software used messed with the sound ever so slightly in some parts but you can still tell what I’m saying!

Listen to or watch it on YouTube here or on the embedded video below.

What would your thyroid tips be? Share below.