Thyroid disease has struck many people in our communities and they have been suffering in silence for years. Many of our family members may not even know they are at risk or that they have an issue with their thyroid.
When my daughter was 14 years old we found out she has a form of hyper-thyroidism called hashimoto's and/or Grave's disease. Upon discovery, she had to have surgery right away because it was threatening her life. We had no time to research the options or even think it through and little help from her endocrinologist. Of the options given, we felt at the time, it was to remove the problem, her thyroid in order to save her life. So, she had a thyroidectomy and has been living with the effects of the removal of her thyroid ever since.
Since then, our family has come to realize that the thyroidectomy may not have been the best option for her. We have still found very little information to help her understand her disorder, how to cope, or maintain her health (specifically pertaining to the now removed thyroid). This has caused her great frustrations in her life and bouts with depression, insecurities and the ongoing fight to just thrive in her condition daily.
We want to raise awareness not only in our family, but beyond about diseases of the thyroid. Since her journey began with Thyroid disease we have since discovered many other family members who have been living with thyroid disease or the effects of its removal, as well. Our goal is to bring the discussion to the forefront of our homes, communities and the world, so no one else has to feel alone in this battle.
Please join us as we bring this disorder and it's diseases to the forefront.
Sincerely, Atricia Banks