World Thyroid Day is 25th May 2021 and International Thyroid Awareness Week #ITAW20 runs from then until 31st May.
We've been talking to many of our thyroid friends including Michael Rosen, who has hypothyroidism and we are excited about the support that is building for this event this year! Check out our interview with Michael, as part of our new #TTT24Q series.
You can change your profile picture on Facebook to have this special frame to show your support and encourage as many people as possible to be thyroid champions too! Thanks to Kathryn for being our first Facebook profile picture frame downloader and letting us share her photo.
Let's all do as much as we can to raise awareness and celebrate thyroid patients in the UK.
Butterflies Arise! is a fun way to donate. We'd like, of course, to see as much fundraising as possible too - perhaps you could do a Facebook fundraiser to support our work, or a butterfly picnic with friends, or ask friends and family to sponsor you to do a personal challenge like a run or a walk. Fundraisers can create and link a fundraising page to our Thyroid Champions campaign on Virgin Money Giving.
There's a special Thyroid Champions motion for thyroid patients in the Scottish Parliament, thanks to outgoing MSP Elaine Smith, who has hypothyroidism and has long campaigned for her fellow patients! Please ask your MSP to support this motion if you are in Scotland and let's all ask everyone close to us to be a Thyroid Champion themselves and get behind thyroid patients for this special week of the year!
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland so we like to use the butterfly as an awareness raising emblem. Last year several of us undertook butterfly themed activities such as runs, and cycles, asking friends and family to support us - our Fantastic Fundraisers are definitely Thyroid Champions!
As a new and tiny charity we need your help to make some noise and raise some much needed additional funds to help us do more to make things better for thyroid patients!
It's harder than ever for thyroid patients' issues to be heard, during these difficult times and of course, we all still want to support the NHS to focus on beating the Covid19 pandemic at the moment, first and foremost, since it's such a huge global threat.
But let's not let this date go by unmarked, it's our day and our week, as people affected by thyroid disease. Our time to acknowledge each other and let those around us know a bit more about thyroid health issues.
After all, thyroid disease can often run in families. How much do our loved ones know about thyroid conditions, what to look out for in case they start to become ill and they can best support you, or any of their friends or other family members who may become unwell with thyroid disease.
If you're well, celebrate! It's inspiring for anyone newly diagnosed to know that people with thyroid disease can usually live a full and active life, once their condition is well managed. Most people with a thyroid condition can be relatively easily treated. But we know that around 10% of patients, perhaps many more, have a very difficult time with their condition and that in some cases it can be hard to access effective treatment, for lots of reasons, all of which we're determined to address, to make things better over time. If you're one of those people who is currently suffering with a thyroid condition, please know that you're not alone. Reach out. Be informed, ask for help and share your story, so that we can help inform clinicians, researchers and policy makers of the issues that need to be raised.
with Dr Peter Taylor
for International Thyroid Awareness Week.
6pm - 7:30pm
This event will take place online.
Dr Pete Taylor will give a talk and answer questions on a new study into thyroid hormone treatment and cholesterol
Please book your FREE place via Eventbrite,
Donations are welcome but entirely optional.
We have set up a lovely webpage with a field of beautiful butterflies to inspire us all to feel less alone and leave messages and donations of support for International Thyroid Awareness Week and World Thyroid Day - have a look and perhaps you'd like to add yourself to the page and read the messages from other thyroid friends.
A very special issue of Fahmidan Journal is being published on World Thyroid Day, with poems, prose and opinion pieces from thyroid patients. Perhaps if you're holding a picnic you might like to give it a poetry theme and read some of the submissions together - particularly if you've sent something in. We can't wait to read this and hope it will be widely shared and go some way to building understanding of how it is to live with a thyroid condition.
UK Health Radio
Our Director, Lorraine, was interviewed on the Chris Grimes Good Listening To Show on 11th May 2021 and the May issue of the station's magazine for subscribers featured an article entitled Thyroid Champions in May! Thanks to Chris and everyone at the station for supporting World Thyroid Day and International Thyroid Awareness Week - you are all Thyroid Champions!
If you use Twitter - please join in our first ever tweet chat #ThyroidTrustChat on World Thyroid Day, 25th May 12pm BST, kindly organised by Alexandra Fulford, who is a healthcare digital media strategy expert and thyroid patient.
Creative Thyroid Cafe
Following International Thyroid Awareness Week, join us online for an online Creative Thyroid Cafe chat with artist, Vicky Roden and friends, on Monday 7th June, 11am - 12:30pm. How can people affected by thyroid disease use creativity for awareness raising and to build understanding of patient experiences. Bring your art and ideas to share with your thyroid friends!
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