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What Can Dear Thyroid Do For You!

Post Published: 16 January 2010
Category: What Can Dear Thyroid Do For You!
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Dear Thyroid is a literary support community written by and for thyroid patients and their families. Our goals are: online support, offline support, empower each other by sharing our stories, create awareness and find our way through life in the Gland Canyon. By sharing and reading each other’s letters, we learn from each other, feel less alone and connect.

As we say, our thyamily vs. community is outspoken, brave, funny, irreverent, smart and beautiful. Our thyamily continues to grow. We have many types of thyroid patients; Graves’, Graves’ Eye Disease (TED), Hashimoto’s, hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, thyroid cancer patients, thyroid cancer survivors, thyroidectomized, nodules, goiters, and patients born without thyroids, what fun!

Thyroid patients write and submit love and hate letters to and from their thyroids; poems, haikus, songs and rants. Of course, we’ve thyroidized those names to, thyetry (poetry), thykus (haikus) thyongs (songs) and Thyrants (rants). Similarly, families of thyroid patients are encouraged to write their love and hate letters to their loved one’s thyroid.

For our visual storytellers, we have a Flickr Pool. Every month, Liz comes up with a theme. Patients tell their story through pictures. January’s theme is “Before the Disease“. Previous themes can be found here, Dear Thyroid’s Flickr Pool.

We also have two columns:

  1. Sundays, we publish “How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass by Liz Schau. HTKYTA is a nutrition column for thyroid patients. We love this column because it empowers us to look at our respective diseases differently by considering new approaches to managing our symptoms and so much more.
  2. On Wednesday’s we publish “Going For The Throat” by Robyn Davis Hahn. Why yes, we love this column too, and find it very empowering. GFTT is a health care column covering a broad spectrum of issues that thyroid patient’s face and much more.

We have Dear Thyroid Forums for patients to connect, rant, and share personal stories, health care stories, ideas, news and information, among other things.

Our health podcast is called “Tales from Thyietnam“. We interview renowned thyroid patient advocates, doctors and folks with a deep understanding of thyroid diseases and cancers from the patient perspective.

We also offer thyroid humor T-shirts at our store.  We have wonderful resources for thyroid patients as well.

Dear Thyroid endeavors to become a non-profit organization, so we do not accept revenue or donations of any kind. When you buy products from Dear Thyroid, which we encourage you to do; you’re loudly and proudly saying, I am “Wearing My Disease On My Sleeve

Find out more About Us! Click around the site. Share your story with other patients by submitting a letter. Participate in offline support. Wear your disease on your sleeve. Get involved in the forums. Connect with other patients. We’re here to un-isolate ourselves and we’re in this together.

With Love from Dear Thyroid,


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