Health Writing

Since my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in August 2009, I have been inspired to write about my experiences and to share my research with others. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease where antibodies attack the thyroid, causing it to become inflamed and unable to produce sufficient thyroid hormones. The thyroid controls the whole body, so you can end up with all kinds of problems if your thyroid is not healthy. My darling hubby was diagnosed in part thanks to me recognising his symptoms and so now we are like George and Barbara Bush (who apparently also both have thyroid problems), but of course we are way nicer and not as political;-).

From February 2010 to July 2010, I was given the wonderful opportunity to write my own column Flying With Broken Wings (FWBW) on the website Dear Thyroid. It was partly my dear readers on this site who inspired me to set up this blog. The name of my column was inspired by the 1985 song “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister and by the fact that the thyroid is so often compared to a butterfly. As patients of thyroid disease, we have broken wings, but as the song so aptly states we can take them and “learn to fly again”.

In my writing for this blog, I look forward to continuing to feature such topics.