It took nearly 3 years of being poorly to find medical support for my not so common presentation of thyroiditis and this was because I was labelled and not heard. Postpartum Thyroiditis After giving birth I had what has been described as an ‘extreme presentation’ of Postpartum Thyroiditis – a condition where your thyroid becomes… Continue reading Birth and Beyond – My Battle to be Heard: A story of how labels and assumptions blew our world apart
It was so simple. After nearly three years, I was listened to, heard, and finally found support. Thyroiditis can cause in a small case of patients, a combination of hyper and hypothyroidism as described in literature.' I was returned to the thyroxine (previously prescribed when my thyroid was underactive) and given a support plan. There… Continue reading Part 6 and The End of My Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: The simplicity of acknowledgement, diagnosis and support instilled gratitude and rage simultaneously.
The symptoms And so it goes on and on and on and on. The symptoms once again returned, sent me home from dancing, stopped me from sleeping, made me cancel social events, became excuses for courses and eventually got me a sick note from my 1.5 days a week job - something that, at the… Continue reading Part 5 of My Ongoing Battle With My Thyroid Health: Life was slipping through my fingers once again and then I spoke with ‘the lady like me’ who presented new opportunities and hope.
Good health I left my last post, once again writing 'from a position of good health.' After over eight months of experiencing a return of symptoms that ebbed and flowed through me on a daily basis and to different degrees of severity, my body had (for the second time) slowly regained some sense of normality.… Continue reading Part 4 of My On-going Battle with Thyroid Health: Feeling better and building relationships, is there hope?
I am going to try and just hash this out because quite frankly I’m bored of thyroids, I’m bored of strategising and I’m bored of battling. It’s exhausting. But there’s something in me that needs to get this story down, for me and for that handful of people who read and relate to the isolation… Continue reading Part 3 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: After a suspected diagnosis of Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease I found myself back to square one, alone, unheared and without any answers as to why I remained so unwell.
Thyroid Symptoms Lists I found it hard to obtain a diagnosis for Postpartum Thyroiditis and on-going thyroiditis and in the search to find answers I read far more than I desired. At one point lists of thyroid symptoms became a source of anxiety for me. This is because they are so often limited to a… Continue reading Thyroiditis Symptoms: The symptoms that were constantly dismissed as mental health, in my on-going battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis and why most symptoms lists just don’t reflect the reality of dealing with a thyroid problem.
It's Complicated I'm finding it gradually harder to write about my experience with Postpartum Thyroiditis, namely because I am no longer postpartum. It’s been over twenty-four months since I gave birth to my daughter, and my health has still not fully recovered. The weight of the information in my head, my exhaustion from my ever-changing… Continue reading Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.
Hypnobirthing and positive affirmations Before I gave birth to my daughter I practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was to recite positive thoughts and affirmations. I littered the walls of our house with affirmations in preparation for birth, giving little thought to their usefulness beyond. Postpartum Thyroiditis Three months following the birth of my… Continue reading 85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.
The journey to good health following my battle with postpartum thyroiditis was a strange and isolating one. It was also a time where I found out a great deal in terms of my own health and wellbeing. In this post, I share the little things that helped me to get through postpartum thyroiditis. 1. Empower… Continue reading Postpartum Thyroiditis Survival Kit: Following the birth of my Daughter I had a difficult time with postpartum thyroiditis. Here I share what helped me on the road to recovery.
Up to 10% of women experience Postpartum Thyroiditis however, due to lack of knowledge and understanding accessing treatment and care was nearly impossible. 'Postpartum Thyroiditis is probably the most common Thyroid disease now seen in the UK.' (British Thyroid Foundation) My story I call it a battle with postpartum thyroiditis because that is what it… Continue reading Part 1 of My Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: Three months following the birth of my daughter I become extremely ill with postpartum thyroiditis. In a bid to help others I share my story here.