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How I Did on My Trip To Spain

We booked a last-minute, short holiday to Spain of four days, for the end of October 2019.

Being in my second trimester of pregnancy (with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s) I was feeling quite well physically – as the second trimester is usually the easiest to cope with – but I was burnt out mentally.

Following all the book writing I had been doing through all of 2019 for You, Me and Hypothyroidism, then its release, as well as the creation of the Thoughtful Thyroid course Freedom From Thyroid Fatigue, and being pregnant, I was feeling in need of a break.

Luckily, we spotted a good last minute deal to Spain for four days, which is just what I needed to refresh and recalibrate.

Rachel Pregnant in Swimming Pool

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My Second Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

Read My First Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s blog here.

Going through a pregnancy with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and being on unconventional medication for this (NDT – Armour) definitely presented some extra questions and challenges.

I was very anxious about the prospect of a pregnancy with my thyroid conditions, and in particular, in regards to whether me not being on Levothyroxine (like most people with hypothyroidism) would make it a more stressful experience. I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through pregnancy on NDT to give an insight in to how this medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals reacted to it.  Continue reading “My Second Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s”

Book Review: Tears Behind Closed Doors by Diana Holmes

Tears Behind Closed Doors Book ReviewI have been aware of this book, Tears Behind Closed Doors.. Failure to diagnose an underactive thyroid: the truth behind the tragedy, since my diagnosis of hypothyroidism over four years ago now. Admittedly, it has taken me a while to get around to purchasing and reading it, but one quick look online and you’ll see why it’s so popular. 

Author Diana Holmes is a thyroid patient advocate (much like myself) in the UK. After years of being undiagnosed and misdiagnosed of a thyroid condition, she has worked tirelessly to help many others who are suffering needlessly. 

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts. Continue reading “Book Review: Tears Behind Closed Doors by Diana Holmes”

What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?

Originally published on 29th May 2016
Last updated on 28th January 2020

It’s a term I, and so many other sources for thyroid information, use a lot. What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?  

A lot of conventional medicine doctors and endocrinologists refuse to acknowledge that it’s not just about falling ‘in range’, but it’s where in range you fall that matters. It can matter a lot. Functional and more progressive doctors support finding optimal thyroid levels.

Put simply, when your doctor runs a test and you get the results, optimal levels are the results that a lot of thyroid patients state they feel best at. This is a place within a given ‘range’.  Continue reading “What Are Optimal Thyroid Levels?”

Signs of Ageing or Hypothyroidism?

Many symptoms of hypothyroidism mimic the process of getting older. So could older members of our population be going undiagnosed with hypothyroidism due to signs and symptoms being put down to their age? Continue reading “Signs of Ageing or Hypothyroidism?”

How Your Thyroid Can Cause Period Problems

Originally published on 29th August 2017
Last updated on 14th January 2020

Along with many of the other symptoms of hypothyroidism, menstrual issues is a common one. Thyroid hormone is needed for pretty much every function and cell in the body so when you’re hypothyroid, many processes — including your menstrual cycle — can be affected. 

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Hypothyroidism and Disability Benefits

Originally published on 16th November 2018
Last updated on 14th January 2020

In the Facebook support group I created for thyroid patients, the question of whether we can claim financial support or government/state benefits crops up fairly often. 

And the responses can get controversial. 

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Book Review: The Nourished Thyroid: A gluten-free and thyroid friendly cookbook for all lifestyles by Nicole Morgan RDN LD CLT

The Nourished Thyroid is a thyroid nutrition cookbook suitable for all lifestyles and all thyroid conditions, written by thyroid nutrition expert, Nicole Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT, AKA The Thyroid Dietitian. The Nourished Thyroid Cookbook Cover

Nicole has Hashimoto’s herself and works with other thyroid patients to help them reclaim their quality of life. As explained in the introduction of her cookbook, she lives an active and fulfilling life instead of feeling unwell due to Hashimoto’s, as she has managed to reduce most of her symptoms significantly. She shares how what she eats and drinks has helped with this, via the cookbook.

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Nourished Thyroid: A gluten-free and thyroid friendly cookbook for all lifestyles by Nicole Morgan RDN LD CLT”

10 Songs For Thyroid Patients: Part Six

This is Part Six of my selection of songs that motivate, inspire, uplift or otherwise connect with me on tough health days.

You can also see: part onepart twopart three, part four, part five

I find music to be the best remedy for when I’m feeling low, fed up, defeated or frustrated, especially during thyroid flare up periods, so I’m going to share my favourites for when I feel down, defeated, frustrated or otherwise struggling. I hope you like them too.

You can find the playlist on my YouTube channel here. Continue reading “10 Songs For Thyroid Patients: Part Six”

Thinning Eyebrows with Hypothyroidism

Originally published on 20th November 2018
Last updated on 7th January 2020

Thinning eyebrows, especially of the outer third which is commonly seen in thyroid patients, can be frustrating and distressing. Many people take to investing in make-up or procedures such as micro-blading each and every year to ‘correct’ their eyebrow hair loss, but what if it could be down to your thyroid?

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Thyroid Awareness Month 2020

TW: Mental health, suicide

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. A month dedicated to talking about thyroid disease – the conditions and symptoms, importance of diagnosis and treatment, but also the many issues we often face as thyroid patients.

Rachel Thinking as She Looks Out to a Lake

Many people with thyroid conditions, especially hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s, do not get the treatment or testing they need to get better and the effects of this can be shocking. Mental health problems, struggling to remain in employment, the breakdown of relationshipsinfertility and even death. I’ve heard from countless people who became suicidal or had family members who tragically acted on these feelings due to an undiagnosed or inadequately treated thyroid condition.

We have a lot of progress to make in how we are treated medically, but if the general public can understand the effects of thyroid disease just a little bit more, even that would be progress. Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month 2020”

Thyroid Patients: 6 New Year Resolutions You Should Make

Originally published on 1st January 2017
Last updated on 1st January 2020

I’m writing this blog post after Christmas Day, having overindulged in food and spending the last few days feeling grateful for the friends and family in my life who have made the festive season special.

However, now that Christmas is (sadly) over, we’re approaching New Year celebrations, which always gets us reflecting over the past year, what the high and low points have been and what (if any) resolutions we may make for the next year. Continue reading “Thyroid Patients: 6 New Year Resolutions You Should Make”

4 Habits to Address to Get Back into a Thyroid Healthy Routine

Originally published on 1st January 2019 
Last updated on 1st January 2020

Whether you’ve just celebrated an event like Christmas, a wedding or the New Year, or perhaps went on holiday or took any other kind of break, you may be finding that getting back in to a good routine is daunting and tricky. 

But it’s crucial for your thyroid health.

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My First Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s

Going through a pregnancy with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and being on unconventional medication for this (NDT – Armour) definitely presented some extra questions and challenges.

I was very anxious about the prospect of a pregnancy with my thyroid conditions, and in particular, in regards to whether me not being on Levothyroxine (like most people with hypothyroidism) would make it a more stressful experience. I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through pregnancy on NDT to give an insight in to how this medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals reacted to it.  Continue reading “My First Trimester: Pregnancy with NDT, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s”

Book Review: The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Courage To Be Disliked Book ReviewI have said often that mental health and wellbeing are a big, though not often spoken about, part of being a thyroid patient. When your physical health takes a nosedive, mental health is often not far behind and so finding tools to support your mental health and wellbeing can be useful as a thyroid patient. 

The Courage To Be Disliked is an interesting read. Based on a mix of Adlerian psychology and philosophy, it had me rethinking a lot of my perceptions about the world, my life and relationships with others.

I may reference back to this book and what I’ve learnt from it throughout my blog posts.

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Reflecting on 2019

2019 has been a busy, eventful, yet wonderful year for my thyroid advocacy work. So, as we approach the end of 2019, I thought it would be nice to reflect on this.

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What You Need To Know About Doing Thyroid Blood Tests

Originally published on 30th May 2017
Last updated on 23rd December 2019

Common questions about thyroid blood tests for those with medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder include:

How to Find a Good Medical Professional for Your Thyroid Condition

Finding the right medical professional for you can be time-consuming but very much worth the time. 

Many thyroid patients complain about feeling dismissed and unheard by their doctors, and are not happy with their current testing and treatment.

However, do know that you don’t have to stay with one doctor or practitioner if you don’t feel that they have your health in their best interest, or if you are struggling to build a positive relationship with them. Continue reading “How to Find a Good Medical Professional for Your Thyroid Condition”

A Rant: Why It’s Important to Be Your Own Health Advocate

‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate’ is literally the tagline of my website and name of my first book – I’ve made it no secret that the reason I was able to go from barely functioning thanks to an undiagnosed thyroid condition, to getting my health back on track again and resuming a normal quality of life, is because I took ‘be your own thyroid advocate’ literally. 

I had to learn to be my own advocate when it came to my health. Being passive meant I got sick and stayed sick.

Too many people are being let down by medical systems and medical practitioners who miss crucial diagnoses and symptoms which should point them towards possible causes.

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