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Thyroid Support Group in Rockland, IL – A New Dawn

Post Published: 28 June 2011
Category: Guest Bloggers, Offline Support for Thyroid Patients
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This is my new dawn, my new era of hope.

After 24 years of suffering from Hashimoto’s, and 22 years of Synthroid, I finally found About.com. Mary Shomon talks about alternative medications.  So I asked for it. . . Um, no way was the response I got. (Surprise Surprise Surprise, something that may make me feel better is being denied to me?) Well, screw you ~ I will drive 90 miles to Chicago and get some. . . and I did!  6 weeks later, I was pregnant. Amazing what one little pill can do! Then they changed it.

Fast forward to this year, found another doctor closer, and switched brands.  My doctor wouldn’t prescribe it. I thought, “OPEN YOUR EYES MR. DOCTOR ASS ~ there are over 15 different TYPES of insulin available for diabetics, why don’t they just all use the same one?????”

Finally I’m at a higher dose, and guess what? I am now 80% of what I should be!!! That is actually good for me, since most of the last 10 years I was only 50%, and some days my brain functioned on 10%.

So, my goal is to get local health care practitioners that aren’t receptive, to educate them. I formed a group of loud mouth, no nonsense assertive ass kicking people who also have thyroid disorders!!

A New Dawn Coalition for Thyroid Awareness in Northern Illinois was born. Shoot, that is kinda long, so A New Dawn Coalition for Thyroid Awareness it is! I will make it a non-profit group, so we can have fun doing bowling fundraisers.

We are a non-profit tax exempt organization. We set up booths at local fairs and expos to get the word out that there and offer a support group for thyroid patients in Rockland, Illinois. We meet the last Tuesday of every month here in Rockford, IL. We will meet at the library and share our stories, our tears, and our joys. Mostly though, we will share what we have learned about thyroid disease, and how to live with it!

Once we have created a group as dedicated to change as we are, we will start contacting local doctors, pharmacies, hair stylists, and anyone else who should be fully aware of thyroid disease. We’ll educate them free of charge! We will demand better care!

Along the way, into my journey of understanding and learning, we can put together a thyroid protocol. It may take years and tons of research (researching what Mary Shomon and Dear Thyroid™, and so many others have already done for us.  I am sure that together and with the Internet, we have wonderful new and existing resources. A New Dawn can help people with thyroid disease.

If you’re in the Rockford, IL area and want to sit and cry/laugh/scream/let it all hang out with others who completely understand what you’re going through, come join us! It isn’t just A New Dawn for me,  it is a new dawn for all of us as we join together and make our voices heard.

Best Wishes to you ALL!!

Heather Dawn

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10 Responses to “Thyroid Support Group in Rockland, IL – A New Dawn”

  1. Frances says:

    Way to kick butt! Thanks for one of the most take charge stories on thyroid ever!

  2. Heather says:

    Thanks Frances!

    I don’t know if I would call it the most take charge or not, but I had to do something with all this anger 🙂

    What really started it was the fact that I drove only 45 miles instead of 90miles out of town, but even with insurance, I still had to pay about $500.00 bucks every six weeks for the appointment and medication since they didn’t accept insurance. This doctor was the only one what would raise my meds! Thankfully, I have now found one a lot closer that bills my insurance and simply sends my RX to CVS. BUT, for a while there, I didn’t want to tell my primary where I was getting my thyroid meds because I felt like I was “going behind their backs”, and if I slipped up and told them who was giving me this horrible dosage of medication that had my TSH so low they would hunt them down and strip them of their license. It sounds silly, but I started to get really angry about having to feel that way with my primary. Like a criminal driving around looking for a crack dealer!

    When I should have gotten mad was when the first endo told me I just needed a vacation! I know you all have gone through it too, I just reached my breaking point in absurdness and couldn’t take it any more 🙂

    One day this will all be a memory, and they can write books with all our letters and really let the public know what we had to go thru to get decent care!

    Best Regards!

    Heather Dawn

  3. marie says:

    Hello! You’re doing an excellent job spreading awareness! You should check out Native American fairs and pow-wow’s to set up booths and give information. It will help a lot of people. Thanks.

  4. Heather says:

    Thanks Marie! Didn’t even think about that 🙂 Don’t want to leave anybody out, since this horrible disease affects so many people 🙁

    Thanks again!

  5. Camille says:

    Hi Heather,

    I am new to this site. I would love to attend a support group in Rockford. I’m in Oregon but I am willing to make the drive. How do I get the relevant information about the meetings? Also, can you tell me what Dr. you see? I’ve had no luck with mine (long story) and I’m about to start looking to Chicago for new doctors.

  6. Heather says:

    Heather@anewdawncoalition.org – I maybe able to help you find a good doc 🙂

  7. imsdac says:


    I sent you an email. Looking forward to hearing from you.


  8. Amy says:

    I hide the info about where I get my meds from my primary doctor also. It really is a shame. But as i read your comment i laughed!

  9. Elizabeth Rank says:

    Can I ask who the doctor is in Illinois that you see? I live in N IL and I am desperately trying to find a doctor.

  10. Heather says:

    Bouc wellness center (Jeffrey Bouc) in Beloit wi. He takes my insurance too, but for the first
    Appointment you do have to pay out of pocket online to set up appointment, but totally worth it!!

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