This is my personal story regarding symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for autoimmune hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Fatigue and other metabolic-related conditions that I developed co-morbid to thyroid disease.
I also share testimony in regard to my symptom struggles including the emotional aspects and difficulty in finding a doctor experienced in treating thyroid disease with related conditions. I also include a chapter regarding my reason for becoming a Thyroid Patient Advocate and the growing importance for public education on thyroid diseases.
It is my hope that my story will inspire other patients to become proactive in obtaining quality care for their health disorders and to partner with their doctors to achieve this. I also hope this e-book will seve to inspire patients with difficult cases of thyroid disease, to achieve coping skills and a better quality-of-life.
I - Jim Lowrance was Thyroid Health Editor for BellaOnline from March 2008 to May 2009. I have served as a health writer for Suite101.com, where I have received Editor's Choice Awards for thyroid subject articles. I have also written book reviews by request, for other health writers, including Thyroid Patient Advocate - Mary Shomon and Dr. Mark Starr MD.
TABLE OF CONTENTS (5 Chapters):
CHAPTER ONE: My Thyroid Story in a Nutshell
CHAPTER TWO: The Association of Epstein–Barr Virus to Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
CHAPTER THREE: Emotional aspects I’ve experienced with my Health Disorders
CHAPTER FOUR: My co-occurring (related) Conditions
CHAPTER FIVE: Why I became a Thyroid Patient Advocate