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Dear Thyroid Meet Ups & An Awareness Contest!

Post Published: 11 January 2010
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Category: dear thyroid contests, Dear Thyroid Meet-Ups and Support
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This is going to be an exciting post, filled with lots of activities and things for us to do for offline support and to champion our goals for awareness! Are you with me? Are your glands twitching in anticipation?

Local Meet Ups

Thyrellas and Thyfellas, the Dear Thyroid Local Meet Ups are in full swing again. If you don’t see your city listed, please let me know and I will be sure to add it. Similarly, if you are interested in hosting at a coffee shop, organizing or anything else, please email Katie, here, here and here. I will help orchestrate all offline Dear Thyroid Meet Ups and we’ll get them listed in the official Dear Thyroid calendar, so we can invite others in your area to participate. So far, we’ve had three, two via phone and one in person. Read about the Pembroke meet up and the International Teleythone meet up, but illustrate, so,  poignantly, the importance of offline support and connecting with other thyroid patients and how cathartic their experience was.

My hope is that one meet up begets monthly meet ups and ultimately ongoing support. As you know, I believe so hard in offline support, as much as I believe in online support. Don’t be shy. I mean, you can be shy. Kindly remember that you aren’t alone. Connecting with patients who understand what it means to have a thyroid disorder or thyroid cancer,  can be a deeply enriching experience for all of us, evidenced by the above posts.

Dear Thyroid Awareness Bracelets

Forgive the poor quality picture. We now have Dear Thyroid Awareness Bracelets for FREE!   This is our gift to you from Dear Thyroid

The color is within the autoimmune family, a blue-ish, gray-ish purple-ish.

(Side One) DearThyroid.org (side two) Invisible No More┞¢ (Liz Schau created the slogan, we love it and we hope you do, too.

Bracelets are available now! Click to find out more about them. If you want one, please email Katie and provide me with your mailing address. Please,  specify,  which bracelet you would like.

Blogger Outreach – Awareness Contest

To continue our effort in raising awareness, we are asking our dear, dear, dear thyroidians to please help us with blogger outreach and do the following. Winners receive a free bracelet!

  • Comment on 5 health related blogs, whether they are about thyroid disease or thyroid cancer and ask them if they have considered writing a post about Thyroid Disease and how ‘sexy’ this disease is. You can even offer them a link to these,  statistics, “Full Lips, Curvy Breasts and the Tightest Little Thyroid You’ve Ever Seen“.
  • You can post on behalf of Dear Thyroid or independent of Dear Thyroid, whatever you wish. The goal is to create awareness.
  • Our goal is to reach 50 bloggers over the next 60 days and bring ‘sexy’ to this disease.
  • Dear Thyroid will write an article for them, which is something you can offer the blogger, or you can write an article, whatever is easiest for you is great for us.
  • For all the people who reach 5 health bloggers, we will send FREE bracelets to in gratitude for your efforts in outreach.

Are you with me? Are you ready to spread awareness on behalf of the 13MM undiagnosed patients; on behalf of the 50MM struggling with this disease, and on behalf of thyroid cancer patients and survivors (a type of cancer that is growing at an alarming rate)?

Once you’ve hit your goal of 5 blogs, email Katie with your mailing address and the type of bracelet you want and consider it sent!

Vote, Vote, Vote

I wrote a post recently titled “It’s Not About Me, it’s About We. Dear Thyroid has been nominated for a ShortyAward. The reason why I have a massive hard-on for this, is because it’s a wonderful opportunity to continue our grassroots efforts to — wait for it — spread awareness. You can vote every single day! In the above mentioned post, I wrote about all the different things you can say regarding why this is important to you.

With that, I am off like a prom dress!

Love,

Me

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7 Responses to “Dear Thyroid Meet Ups & An Awareness Contest!”

  1. Lori says:

    I am so excited about the bracelets and I absolutely love “Invisible No More”. Way to go Liz 🙂

    I’ll be emailing you to get some of those bracelets. We have to get those out in the public everywhere. This is a huge step. YAY!

    HUGS
    lori

  2. Dear Thyroid says:

    YAY! Lori, so glad you’re in. Totally agree.

    Wasn’t Liz’s quote GENIUS! I love it, too.

    Sounds great. Email anytime, dahlink.

  3. Robyn says:

    My hubs is excited about wearing purple. Well, he will be!

  4. Elaine says:

    I am in. This is not only good…it sounds like fun. I love the Dear thyroid and Invisible No More.

  5. dearthyroid says:

    Robyn – Your husband rocks!

  6. dearthyroid says:

    Elaine, so glad you are in! Fab. We are spreading awareness faster than … well, even that’s too edgy.

    Isn’t Liz brilliant! I love the slogan, too.

  7. jen says:

    i think you’re on to something with the sexy approach but i realised something today which i’m sure also negatively affects awareness:

    there seems to be no coordination between thyroid organisations. so january is thyroid awarness month in the usa? well in australia thyroid awarness WEEK is in june. the UK has a WEEK in October.

    do any of the other diseases do this? (prostate = november/movember, breast = october, world diabetes day = nov 14, world aids day = dec 1, world kidney day = march 11). it seems the others agree on a time frame & work it for max effect.

    Does anyone know why that’s not the case with thyroids? is it the brain fog? 🙂

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