A Letter to Those Who Know Someone With Hypothyroidism

Can you imagine how lonely we feel sometimes? Alone in our struggles and feeling like no one understands?

What we would like from you is to be the person who understands what we’re going through, and that even though it’s not a well-recognized disease, it is a real, difficult, life-changing condition. It often destroys, changes and alters lives forever.

The best thing you can do is to be there for your friend, family member or work colleague who has this disease; all we need you to do is listen, and learn about the struggles and challenges we face. We don’t expect you to know everything, but to be understanding and sympathetic when we are struggling. You could help the thyroid patient in your life do as much as possible to improve their health, be it encourage them to seek out a doctor who will listen, or do research with them to learn more about how they can help themselves feel better. When they read a new book, read it with them. Thyroid brain fog can make us forget a lot of what we read! Be the person who helps them to find time for rest, self-care and time to enjoy what they love doing most. It might be helpful for you to read about other patients’ experiences, too. Ask us if we need help with anything and ask us how we’ve been feeling. It’s good to know someone cares.

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