"Grieve For The Health You Used To Have."
ISSUE 105, 30th June 2022
Welcome, Thyroid Family, to Issue 105 of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter.
For the vast majority of those with a thyroid diagnosis, it’s a lifelong thing.
🦋 Learning to live with a thyroid condition such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s can be tough - really tough.
🦋 We may grieve for our old self and old life. We may feel frustrated, angry and even dislike the parts of ourselves that have changed.
🦋 Many of us feel as if thyroid disease changes who we are as a person. Our personality, our stamina, our mental clarity, our fitness... and it can even change how we look on the outside too.
🦋 However, we can’t go through life hating ourselves or how our thyroid condition manifests if we wish to move forward. In order to move forward and truly thrive again, enjoying life and taking the wheel back from thyroid disease, we have to grieve, accept, adapt and learn.
🦋 In order to give your body (and mind) the love it needs to flourish again, let go of the hate and anger you may harbour towards your body and/or thyroid condition.
🦋 I used to feel so angry and frustrated, but it really stopped me from living in a way that my thyroid condition didn’t rule everything.
🦋 Once I had let go of the angry and frustrated emotions, it freed up energy for me to research and implement things that could improve my health with thyroid disease. Once I had stopped blaming my situation on others and decided to take some control back myself, I finally saw improvements.
This newsletter issue is titled "Grieve For The Health You Used To Have" in regards to this discussion, however, it also includes information on thyroid related news and links to my most popular social media posts from the last fortnight. Enjoy reading.
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Happy reading, thyroid thrivers.
The Invisible Hypothyroidism
👀 In Case You Missed it...
- Amazon UK currently have both my books on sale. No idea how long this will last but you can view them here and here.
- I am often asked for thyroid cookbook recommendations - I shared on social media that I mostly use this one.
- I ordered a blood test kit from Medichecks this week, completed the finger prick samples and posted it back. I am awaiting my results to see where my thyroid and vitamin levels now sit at a month postpartum. The one I ordered is called Advanced Thyroid Function Blood Test.
The 2022 T3 Prescribing Report
"Thyroid UK, along with other partner thyroid organisations published a new T3 Prescribing Report which shows that 58% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England are not following national guidance for liothyronine and that patients in those areas are being refused treatment with this important medication."
5 Ways To Practise Thyroid Self-Care
Self-care isn’t just bubble baths, face masks and duvet days. Self-care is the very practice of taking action to preserve or improve your health.
It can be great for your stress levels, mental health and wellbeing to find things that let you recharge and de-stress such as bubble baths, face masks and duvet days, but self-care should also implement what preserves and improves your physical health too.
As a thyroid patient, what does this mean?
The Second Trimester: My Pregnancy on Armour and Levothyroxine
I wanted to blog about my experiences of going through a ‘thyroid pregnancy’, in order to give an insight as to how my thyroid medication worked for me during this time, but also as to how medical professionals managed it and what the overall experience was like.
This recent post from The Invisible Hypothyroidism's Instagram page was very popular:
The caption says:
"This photo was taken over 10 years ago now. I was in intensive care. Unconscious. Spending my 18th birthday on breathing support.
Two years before, I had contracted swine flu at the age of 16. This illness changed my health forever."
✨ Other Popular Instagram Posts These Past Two Weeks ✨
🎬 Latest Instagram Reels 🎬
My Top 25 Articles for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Hope
I always promise to share both the ups and downs of having thyroid issues. This is realistic of how many people experience thyroid disease.
Do Your Own Blood Tests!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, I have done some thyroid and vitamin testing this week to review my body's needs.
I like using Medichecks a few times a year because they take me just a couple of minutes to complete and I get the test results a day or two later.
These test kits fit straight through your letterbox and are a quick and convenient way to check a few things your doctor has perhaps refused to.
Lancets are provided, which you press down on to the finger to make a finger prick, and then blood drops form, which you collect in the tube. Easy peasy.
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That's all for this issue of The Free Thyroid Family Newsletter, but as always, you can find more information and support...
⭐ In The Premium Newsletter
⭐ In my website articles
⭐ In the 'Thyroid Family' Facebook Support Group
If there’s anything you'd like to see in a future issue, let me know. Keep an eye out for the next issue in two weeks' time!
Be your own thyroid advocate. 🦋
The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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