Dear Thyroid Community Outreach for Thyroid Patients and Families
Dear Thyroid believes in the power of offline support as much as we believe in the power of online support. Community outreach is a vital ingredient to our core objectives.
Sadly, thyroid diseases and cancers make us as patients and families of patients, feel isolated. Patients have a propensity to head into seclusion, more often than not. Our bodies and minds morph into unrecognizable strangers. How do we begin to explain this to ourselves, much less to “the others”?! From thyroid induced mental illnesses to physically feeling like we can’t get out of bed, or face another day, which might mean yet another symptom, and so many other things. Similarly, families don’t know how, or who to talk to about how their loved one’s disease has indelibly imprinted their lives.
Additionally, community outreach for patients is an opportunity to feel less alone and empowered by connecting with other thyroid patients. We get to speak in shorthand, understanding on such a deep level what the other person has been through.
In the end, hopefully we will define ourselves and not be defined by our diseases. We’ll grow closer to coming out of the Thyloset, and create awareness for this disease in the process. Just check out the Pembroke Meet Up, in their words, read about Lori and Natasha’s experience meeting offline.
For offline support, whether you’d like to host at a public venue or participate, please contact Kerri@dearthyroid.org with your location and email address. Katie will get you connected with people in your area and help you schedule an event. We’ll also get it calendared on the Dear Thyroid Calendar.
For online support, whether you’d like to host or participate, please contact Kerri@dearthyroid.org with your Skype Username or another phone service you’d like to use, and Katie will help you get connected with other thyroid patients interested in speaking with each other over the phone.
Together, we can find our way back to ourselves and reclaim our lives. And, we can re-brand the face of this disease. One day, with a lot of work, time and patience, we can find a cure for our thyroid diseases and thyroid cancers.
Family Community Outreach is forthcoming in the month of December!