Meet HypoGirl, Hypothyroid Blogger
HypoGirl.com is a fabulous blog, penned by Jody Turek, a Hashimoto’s/Hypothyroid patient. Her blog illustrates her experience of her disease via written posts and podcasts. She’s an approachable dame, a wonderful writer and visually her blog is so attractive; we think you’ll just love it.
We asked HypoGirl a few questions about her blog. Please find her responses below. Thanks, Jody!
Your blog is called Hypo Girl. Love the name. Aside from being hypothyroid, why did you choose the name?
I named myself about 4 – 5 months before I even started my blog. A large part of the name really came from a place of power. I was driving in the car one day, after a particularly terrible hypo day, and asked myself what would/could give me strength. An imagine came to me, it was like a picture out of a comic book, it was very colorful, and this cape (yellow in color) flashed before me and I felt comfort. I felt that with a cape I could take over my disease! I felt the name Hypogirl gave me strength. It sounds corny when I write it down, but it’s the truth!
Can you tell us more about you and your background with hypothyroidism?
My background with Hypothyroidism started by me just not feeling right and unsure what was going on. I can’t even tell you when I put most of my Thyroid weight on, or when I started losing my hair or when my skin became very dry. The reason I can’t is – I never paid that much attention to myself. I know it sounds terrible to say, but I just wasn’t that in tune with my body. I was really too busy living! The first sign or symptom I suffered from was being tired. I couldn’t seem to get enough sleep and I started having problems focusing. I did research online regarding my symptoms and actually felt that I could have a Thyroid problem. I met with my doctor in 2002 and was immediately told that my Thyroid wasn’t the problem – the problem was that I was depressed and needed a hobby! It wasn’t until months later that I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis after joining a boot camp at the gym and almost giving myself a heart attack after the 2nd week. Looking back my decent into Hashimoto’s was a rather slow one. I gradually added symptoms as the years went on. My first Podcast explains most of the things I went through before being completely diagnosed.
What does Hypo Girl mean to you?
The name has many meanings to me, power, strength, the ability to leap buildings in a single bound. It represents me. Every time I see it or think of my name it evokes a sense of self. It feels very much a part of me.
What kind of information and resources are you sharing with your readers?
Most of the information from my site comes in the form of daily life with Hashimoto’s. I share my experiences and daily struggles with the disease and add some fun things in between.
What makes your blog different and unique from other thyroid blogs?
I thought long and hard about starting a blog. I questioned it a lot. What could I add to the Thyroid Blog community? What is interesting about my story? Why would anyone read it? Can my thyroid keep up with a blog? In the end I jumped. I choose to start the blog, had my husband design it and promptly didn’t write a thing. Once I did start to write I found it fun. I am by no means a good writer – my sentence skills are terrible! But I like doing it. I think it’s unique in that I sometimes write about my disease and I sometimes don’t. I show a larger picture of myself because there is much more to me than being Hypothyroid.