Chronic Illness: Thyroid Awareness Month

Chronic illness is a life long battle and I am sharing a story of a woman who has dealt with a chronic illness most of her life. She is sharing her story for Thyroid Awareness Month. She explains how she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when she was 13 years old and that both her mother and grandmother have hypothyroidism. She talks about how inexpensive her thyroid medication is so it’s a relatively cheap chronic illness to have.

Then she starts to talk about her medication and even with her medication she has half of her symptoms and easily gains weight. So, if your medication only controls half of your symptoms why wouldn’t you try a different medication? Maybe, she isn’t aware there are other thyroid medication options? And, yes, I know how challenging it can be to find a doctor willing to change your thyroid medication! But, it was worth it!!!

You can read Kayleigh Thesenvitz’s story here:

https://www.claremoreprogress.com/opinion/living-with-chronic-illness-thyroid-awareness-month/article_6d958944-1061-11e9-87eb-8fe101502bee.htmlh

I found this article interesting because not only do they talk about 7 myths (only 7??) related to thyroid disease but he points out that “Even the tests from healthcare providers are not straightforward. Professionals seem to disagree about test result levels and when people need treatment. Realize that thyroid disease is a complex condition, and sometimes you may need to see another doctor for a second opinion.”

I’m so happy to read an article that doesn’t state that thyroid disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test and treated easily with a little pill. You can read Brian Syuki’s article here:

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-myths-about-thyroid-problems-that-need-to-be-debunked.html

Have a good week!

Corri

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