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Grieving For Who You Were Before You Had Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 28th March 2017
Last updated on 1st April 2019

Please note that I wrote this article when I was still quite unwell with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. I’m since doing a lot better and my quality of life has improved hugely, but I know many others will still relate to this article as we go through the ups and downs of living with thyroid disease.

I talk about how I learnt to accept my life with the thyroid disease diagnosis and how I improved my health, towards the end of the article.

Some may think this article ‘wallows’, ‘moans’ or focuses on the negatives, but I was in a dark place mentally, depressed and at points, suicidal. It is important to recognise all feelings and states. Everyone’s journey is different yet valid. It is a reflection of where I was at the time of writing.

My Life Before The Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Diagnosis

Before twenty, the age at which I started experiencing thyroid symptoms that really interfered with my life and became a problem, I was an incredibly busy, active and driven person. Continue reading “Grieving For Who You Were Before You Had Hypothyroidism”

An Open Letter to Mothers with Hypothyroidism on Mother’s Day

To the mother with hypothyroidism this Mother’s Day,

I know you feel tired, achy, at times frustrated and strained. You push yourself each and every day to keep on going, keep on raising your family with love and kindness despite your own body fighting against you. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Mothers with Hypothyroidism on Mother’s Day”

Tests You Need and Optimal Levels as a Hypothyroid Patient

Originally published on 11th March 2016
Last updated on 27th March 2019

As a thyroid patient, the below blood tests are recommended to get the full picture of what’s going on. If you still have symptoms, despite being on thyroid medication, explore these. If you feel well on your thyroid medication, monitor these regularly.

Really, everyone should monitor their thyroid levels. 

You may have to repeatedly ask doctor or try a few different types of medical professionals before you find one who will do all of them. Alternatively, you could pay for them yourself if this is an option.

Click here for places you can order your own tests from. 

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TSH Is Still an Important Thyroid Test

The importance of TSH is hotly debated among the thyroid community. Here with an alternative view to how many people in this community view TSH, is Dr Brittany Henderson, explaining why she still finds it to be a very useful tool in diagnosing, treating and managing those with thyroid disease.


Written by Brittany Henderson, MD, ECNU

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What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home with a Thyroid Flare Up

Originally published on 24th January 2017
Last updated on 20th March 2019

These days, I don’t often take time off work or cancel plans due to my hypothyroidism. But every now and then, I may need to due to a flare up. In fact, before I was properly medicated for it, I needed a lot of time off work

There are some things a lot of people don’t realise about me taking days off for autoimmune thyroid disease. Sure, I’m not coughing, being sick or have diarrhoea. But I am unwell and I need to be at home. So trust my judgement.  Continue reading “What You Don’t Realise When I’m at Home with a Thyroid Flare Up”

Are Thyroid Patients More Prone to Getting Sick?

Does having an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism reduce your immune function? In other words – do we get sick more easily than others?

Let’s look at why this may be so and what we can do to try and prevent getting sick so often.

Continue reading “Are Thyroid Patients More Prone to Getting Sick?”

Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Stopped Me Enjoying My Teen Years

When thyroid patient Kelsey shared her experiences of being a teenager with hypothyroidism on my Instagram page, I knew it would resonate with others. I asked if she would like to guest blog for me and share more about this. 

Written by Kelsey B, Thyroid Patient 

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10 Things I Would Tell a Friend Newly Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 12th July 2016
Last updated on 13th March 2019

Having been through the ups and downs of having hypothyroidism, I now feel comfortable talking about many aspects of it.

When people join my Facebook group and ask all the usual questions after diagnosis, I first send them the link to this page, which is full of lots of FAQs and answers, but I also tell them the essential things to know, below. 

I hope this helps those of you who are just diagnosed. Please pass it on to friends and family who become diagnosed, so we can continue to help each other.

I have also written my first book that is aimed at those newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism or just beginning to learn about it. You can find it on Amazon.

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book

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A Review of: The Thyroid Multivitamin ThyroSynergy®

THIS POST HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY ThyroSynergy®. ALTHOUGH AS ALWAYS, ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

I get asked often if I recommend any particular multivitamin for thyroid patients. I always say that as each of us are so different and in fact unique beings, needs differ from person to person and as such, I couldn’t recommend the same one for everyone. 

However, I do think it is important to demonstrate the options available if you are considering a multivitamin for thyroid health and so I agreed to trial and review ThyroSynergy®.  Continue reading “A Review of: The Thyroid Multivitamin ThyroSynergy®”