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Wednesday May 22nd 2019


What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. -Pericles

Post Published: 03 June 2010
Category: Dear Thyroid News
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Dear, Dear Thyroid Community Members,

Liz Schau is no longer with Dear Thyroid. While I am very sorry to see Liz go, I am grateful to her and for everything she’s done for Dear Thyroid. She’s an outstanding individual, a brilliant nutritionist, and writer.  I think she’s changed many of our lives for the better. Liz has provided us with a new lens to view nutrition and healing through. We are lucky to have benefitted from her expansive knowledge and passion.

Thank you, Liz, for everything you’ve done for the Dear Thyroid community. We will miss you. We appreciate you. We wish you the world of continued success in your every endeavor.

We all know how difficult change can be. After all, our respective diseases forced us into life reinventions that we never asked for. As if that wasn’t enough, our glands and glandless selves continuously take our minds and bodies on unspoken, never agreed to joyrides; ensuring that we know our minds and bodies are not our own. That being said, let’s continue being the change we seek. To quote an old post I wrote a year or so ago, “If we are going to win the war against autoimmune diseases and cancers, we can’t do it individually. But, we can do it together. Remember where you came from: a doctor’s office, a diagnosis and a life that was turned inside out and upside down.”

Change can also be positive. Not only have we re-launched Dear Thyroid Next Generation (Yo!), we’re also welcoming two new columnists to our community, Melissa Travis, a sassy, warm, fabulous comedy writer enduring multiple chronic autoimmune conditions, among other things. Please welcome her, and her new column “Chronic Snarkopolist”. Additionally, we welcome a wonderful, witty, kindhearted non-fiction writer, Nicole Wells, a Graves’ disease patient. She’ll be penning “Fat Thigh-roid Woes”. Welcome aboard, Nicole. Because nutrition is such a vital part of our healing process, a nutrition columnist will be joining us soon.

Next Generation Dear Thyroid has a Newsletter, you can create your own profile and a Dear Thyroid Gravatar, get involved in spearheading awareness and change for thyroid diseases and cancers. And, you can now submit, not just written Dear Thyroid Letters (drum roll, please…), Dear Thyroid Video and Audio Letters! Poke around and check out the site. We also have a suggestion box, so don’t be shy about sharing your input with us. We want to hear from you.

We have a greater good that we want to achieve, catching each other when we fall – celebrating each other’s successes – sharing our stories with each other – finding our way back to ourselves – community outreach – finding a cure and creating awareness for thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers.

The next generation of Dear Thyroid endeavors to continue achieving all of that, and more. DearThyroid N-Gen is more interactive. We will continue to make our community even stronger.  Together, we will persevere, and grow.

Finally, a quote that I think is apropos to this post: “It’s not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power… it’s about the “us’s” out there. Without hope, the us’s give up – I know you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. So you, and you, and you… You gotta give em’ hope… you gotta give em’ hope.” – Harvey Milk



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14 Responses to “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. -Pericles”

  1. Joanna Isbill says:

    Liz, thank you so much for all you’ve done for our thymmunity. You are much appreciated.

    Nicole and Melissa–welcome!! We’re so glad to have you!

  2. Hypogirl says:

    I will miss Liz! Liz, I wish you the bestest thyluck ever! Thanks for sharing your story and advice with the world. 🙂

    Welcome Nicole and Melissa – I look forward to getting to know you both.

  3. Hi Joanna;

    Very much agreed. So grateful for everything Liz has done for Dear Thyroid.

    What a wonderful welcome for Melissa and Nicole. You rock, thysistah.


  4. Yes, HypoGirl, I will miss her too. I wish her the world of success. I know she’s going to continue to do awesome things. She’s imparted so much wisdom and kindness – gifts we will never forget.

    Thank you for welcoming Nicole and Melissa with such an open gland 🙂

    You’re a peach.


  5. Sue Porter says:

    New site looks great! Clean and easy to navigate. I have an idea… to use a butterfly pin (in leiu of the popular ribbon) and/or temporary tattoo to raise thyroid awareness. How are the bracelets acquired, could we work with the same company to get butterfly pins made.
    Hmmm… we also need a butterfly emoticon… can any body figure out a way to make a butterfly emoticon? Awareness and education makes for progress in getting effective treatment! Thanks for all you do!

  6. Sue, You are a dream boat. I love your ideas, they are fantastic. I’m on it. I’ll figure out how to create the butterfly emoticon and butterfly pins. You are a genius, woman.

    Thanks for your insight and input. These are FABULOUS IDEAS. SO EXCITED. LOOOOOVE IT.

  7. Anna says:

    Hi there

    Great site – loving all the info.
    I see you are talking about using a butterfly? Lupus and fibro’s “mascot” is a butterly – can you use that still? just wondering although love the idea

  8. Lori says:

    Welcome Back Dear Thyroid Next Generation! There is lots of wonderful new thyliciousness to see, can’t wait to explore it all.

    I can’t express how much I will miss Liz and her column at Dear Thyroid, but I am very glad her articles are still here to look back on when I need it. Katie and Liz welcomed me and held my hand when I first found Dear Thyroid, and Liz taught me more than I ever could have imagined about ways to heal myself. I will always be so grateful. Hugs Liz…thanks a million♥ I know your future is going to be brilliant and I can’t wait to see where you go with your gift as you continue helping so many.

    Onward and Upward Dear Thyroid – Welcome Melissa and Nicole. I look forward to getting to know you as well, and I’m sure many will benefit from your experiences.

    Katie – Dear Thyroid Next Generation, YO! Looks magnificent. You should be proud, thysistah♥

  9. Anna – The butterfly is applicable to all of us. PS: I think you’re going to love one of our new columns, which debuts in about an hour “Chronic Snarkopolist”.

    Thank you so much for stopping by, and for sharing your two cents. We want feedback. We want to hear from you.


  10. Lori; I love what you wrote about Liz, absolutely love it, every single word. We have so much to be grateful for. She embraced us and helped us find our way. I’m thrilled to know that she played such an instrumental role in helping you find your way. This is beautiful.

    You’re a gem – so supportive, loving and wonderful.

    Love you, thysistah.

  11. Liz, you will be sadly missed by many. I wish you all the best for your future. A warm welcome to our two new columnists Melissa and Nicole.


  12. Hi Sarah – Beautifully said and very true. Thanks for sharing your kind sentiments, and welcoming Nicole and Melissa. You’re the best, kid.


  13. Lolly says:

    Welcome back Dear Thyroid loving the new look new feel.
    Question though what has happened to all my thytunes. I’ve been searching for them and can’t find May’s havnen’t checked further back yet.

    Anyway I just want to say Liz you are going to be really missed around here by me and many others hope life treats you great and it is onwards and upwards for you, you shared so much with us all, I know you are going to go onto beter things. Keep intouch.

    Welcome Melissa and Nicole already lvojng yiour columns and you Melly are a Hoot.

  14. lori says:

    FYI Katie – the above link for the “newsletter” does not work.

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