Living with a thyroid disease can be both physically and mentally taxing. Often times the world can have a very jaded view on someone’s physical appearance, without fully understanding their health.
Millions of women have been diagnosed with thyroid disease and are faced with harassment and judgment from those who don’t understand the impact that the disease can have on the body. Likewise, the most common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include weight gain, thinning and brittle hair and swelling. These symptoms can cause many women to feel like they are a prisoner in their own bodies.
It is important to understand that you are not alone. Yahoo compiled a list of things that people with thyroid disease would like others to know. Here are a few of our favorite ones and some that we think will resonate with those who are living with thyroid diseases.
#1 “Just because we don’t look sick doesn’t mean we don’t feel it.”-Carly Becker Greco
#2 “[It] affects every part of your body and your life.” — Caye Wood
#3 “We aren’t fat and lazy.” – Kylie Riley
#4 “Although it is a daily challenge, it was a blessing in disguise for me. I learned that I had to be selfish and put myself first a lot more. I quickly learned to start asking questions and researching to back up answers. It started with doctors and then I questioned myself about how I was living my life and who I was sharing it with. From this, I learned to listen to my body and make decisions prioritizing my health and well-being [which was] something I’d not thought about before.” — Joanne Conlon
#5 “It’s not a death sentence, and life does not end once you have it. It’s a journey and I like to think [of it as] a journey to learning more about yourself and working to become a healthier you.” — Cyndi Murphy