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An estimated 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition like hypothyroidism in their life, according to the American Thyroid Association.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is underactive or doesn’t make enough hormones for the body to operate normally. For someone new to the disorder, the symptoms can be widespread and affect every part of your body. They typically start out mild and may include depression, stiffness, irregular periods in women, memory lapses, dry skin, and weight gain.
Generally treated with medications and sometimes surgery, people with a thyroid condition know they’ll live with the effects their entire life. Some of them are sharing their experiences online, providing others with a place to turn to for support and information.
Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog
You may recognize Gena Lee Nolin for her acting roles, including her long-term part on “Baywatch.” However, what you might not know about her is that she lives with thyroid disease. On her blog, she shares aspects of her personal life including her current roles as a mother, wife, and thyroid patient. She also shares insights from her book, “Beautiful Inside & Out.”
Tweet her @GenaLeeNolin
Dana Trentini was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of her first son in 2006. She was treated with medication and then in 2008, she found out she was pregnant again. This time, however, she miscarried, and says she doesn’t believe that would have happened had her doctors been more informed about hypothyroidism. Her blog is a place to raise awareness about thyroid disorders in hopes of helping the millions of women, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, who struggle with the effects.
Tweet her @HypothyroidMom
Let’s Share Dialogue
Shemeka lives with hypothyroidism, but she doesn’t let the condition limit her. Her blog is a great place to find encouragement and a positive outlook. She not only shares how she manages her disease, but also other things that make her happy including art, travel, and reading.
Life Without a Thyroid
This blogger, who calls herself Sparky, had her thyroid removed after a diagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer. She started writing this blog because she wanted people to know that it is possible to live a healthy and active life without a thyroid. Here, she shares insights from her own story as well as stories submitted by readers.
Stop the Thyroid Madness
In 2005, Janie A. Bowthorpe created Stop the Thyroid Madness to dispel myths and lead people with thyroid disorders to better diagnoses and treatment options. According to her story, she went through years of pain and weakness due to insufficient medical treatments. Now, however, she credits natural desiccated thyroid supplements with leaving her nearly symptom-free. On her blog, you can read all about the various treatment options available for hypothyroidism.
Thyroid Awareness is a project of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology. So, if you’re looking for a reputable source of information on thyroid disorders, this is certainly the place. Here you’ll find informational posts on all types of thyroid conditions and treatments.
Isabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP, is a pharmacist living with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. She takes what she’s learned both professionally and as a patient to bring solutions and support to readers at her blog, Thyroid Pharmacist. She’s particularly interested in lifestyle interventions that can assist folks dealing with diagnoses such as her. If you have hypothyroidism, you could find some jewels here that lessen your symptoms and help you live a healthier life.