Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thyroid Awareness

Today wraps up Thyroid Awareness Month.

I've been a thyroid patient for six years (learn about my Graves' disease diagnosis here), but only learned last year that there was a month dedicated to thyroid awareness.  I guess I'm guilty of being more involved in other causes versus the one that hits the closest to home.  I don't talk about it much...but that's part of the problem, I guess.  I'm not helping anyone else if I don't talk about it...

The fact of the matter is it's not current thyroid patients who could benefit the most from Thyroid Awareness Month -- it's the people who may be living with a thyroid disorder (or thyroid cancer) that have no idea their health is in jeopardy.  I suffered with symptoms for months (possibly years) before finally going to see a doctor.  I should have known something was wrong, but I chose to ignore the symptoms.  I was young, I was busy...blah, blah, blah.  We've all been guilty of that.

I won't go into my whole spiel about it (if you're curious, I wrote about it here), but I do encourage you to learn more about thyroid disorders.  Just a quick fact check will alert you to possible symptoms.  Many people are living with an undiagnosed thyroid disorder, and the ramifications can have quite the negative impact on your life.

I'm happy because I learned at my bi-annual checkup earlier this month that my levels are GOOD.  You just never know (especially when you're like me and go through periods of not taking your medicine correctly).  But I've been good, y'all. :)  Popping that pill every day like I'm supposed to!

While Graves' Disease and other thyroid disorders are not curable, they are completely manageable. Go here to learn more about thyroid disorders and the importance of simply KNOWING.

Have a great weekend, folks!

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