Where to talk to other patients
NEED PATIENT-TO-PATIENT SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK? Two ways:
- *Confused about your lab results?
- *Hitting a dead end in your treatment?
- *Not sure how to explain issues to your doctor??
- *Want privacy that a group may not give you?
- *Need encouragement, hope and support?
Janie, as a fellow thyroid patient, can help you become more informed and empowered in your journey. We’ll talk about what patients have learned with similar labwork as yours, what your symptoms can mean, all the ways patients deal with their thyroid, digestive, and adrenal issues, and how to talk to your doctor about all of this. Janie will also give you encouragement, support, and genuine hope….because she was once at the bottom of the pit, and got out and so have many others. NOTE: these calls are about sharing information pertaining to successful patient experiences and wisdom. Always work with a doctor.
- PHONE COACHING CALL (cell or wall phone) US or Canada only I’ll call you at our agreed-upon time and day. (This is NOT a number you can call me on).
- SKYPE COACHING CALL (computer use, audio-only)–requires a Skype account, which you can download here if you don’t have one. Make sure your computer has audio and your Skype is set to accept calls. I do Audio-only Skype calls so you don’t have to worry how you look.
ABOUT COST/PAYMENT: Either type above has a $55.00 US minimum which also covers the first 30 minutes and is prepaid. i.e. you will receive a PayPal request for pre-payment before the call. If we go over, it’s then minute-by-minute (1.50 per minute) so you can help control the final cost, and you’ll receive another PayPal request after the call for remaining minutes. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use the PayPal request–it can also be just an intermediary with your credit card. Your credit card in a month will show PayPal and “Thyroid”.
Click on this Contact page and let Janie know which you want to do. We’ll decide on a day and time. For Skype, I’ll need your Skype handle. For Phone, I’ll need your phone number. At the scheduled time, Janie will initiate the call.
***I prefer coaching calls Monday through Friday from 10 am – 5:00 pm Mountain time. I need weekends off. Please understand that I cannot follow up calls with emails on top of everything else I do—would need three of me and 36 hour days. :)
2) RECOMMENDED PATIENT GROUPS:
FOUR POSITIVES ABOUT GROUPS: 1) Informative Admins 2) Good information and wisdom given 3) Potential for good friendships 4) For patients ONLY.
FOUR NEGATIVES/RULES ABOUT GROUPS: 1) NOT for T4-only support. You can read why here 2) NOT FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. Period. Patients ONLY 3) NOT for business promotion of ANY kind. 4) Not to be a substitute for a relationship and guidance from a good doctor. By using these groups, you are agreeing that it’s at your own risk, and that STTM takes no responsibility for decisions you decide to make by using them. Work with your doctor.
The list below is not in any order. You just need to find the one that you like the best…for YOU! Enjoy!
- Natural Thyroid Hormones International Yahoo group (NTH): This friendly and helpful yahoo group was started by Janie in 2002, continuing strongly today as patient-to-patient with excellent moderators, and focuses on the use of desiccated thyroid rather than T4-only. You have to request membership and give information about yourself. For Patients Only.
- NTH Europe: This NTH group was started in 2010 and specifically for Europeans-only to discuss finding good doctors, good clinics and the use of natural desiccated thyroid or T3, etc. You will need to prove you are in Europe when you ask to join, otherwise, you will not be approved. Once in this group, you’ll see mention in the Files of Sheila’s TPA-UK group, another good one. For Patients Only.
- NTH Children Parents Group: Started in April 2011, and specifically for parents or legal guardians of children who are hypothyroid, or you suspect they might be. Do not ask to join if you don’t have children. Requires approval of your membership request. For Parents Only. You need to be working with a doctor for your children–this should NOT replace that.
- Dealing with Hypothyroid Spouses This group, started July 2011, is for those who have spouses/significant others with hypothyroid/adrenal struggles, and who want support as you deal with either your spouse’s medical problems or the denial of your spouse about their issues (which is particularly a problem when your spouse has adrenal issues)
- T3CM for low morning cortisol This patient-to-patient group focuses on the T3 Circadian Method, but also looks at many issues around adrenal function, including MTHFR, HPA feedback loop and more. You cannot have hypopituitary, Addisons or untreated Diabetes for this to work.
FACEBOOK GROUPS (FOR PATIENTS ONLY): All the below are the excellent ”For Thyroid Patients Only” (FTPO) groups, run by patients just like yourself, and meant to help you based on “solid, repeated patient experiences”. All are also closed groups, which means no one outside the group can see your post. Remember: these groups are NOT to be a replacement for the relationship you have with your doctor.
- THYROID TOPICS discussion group A friendly and large patient group for good feedback and support about thyroid issues, run by patients just like you.
- ADRENALS discussion group for use of HC, adaptogens, Isocort, glandulars, etc. Closed group discussing issues related to adrenals, aldosterone, symptoms, HC, adaptogens, Isocort, glandulars, etc.
- T3-ONLY For those who have reason to be on T3-only..
- GLUTEN AND GUT issues group Specifically for those who have Gluten Intolerance or Celiac, or who know the benefits of going gluten-free, especially in the face of having Hashimotos disease. Great recipes and links are shared here.
- WITHOUT A THYROID group Specifically for those without a thyroid (or those heading that direction), talking about unique issues because of being thyroidless, plus about RAI, thyroid surgery, and better thyroid medications, etc.
- LYME New as of late 2013, this Lyme group attempts to be open-minded about treatments and positive.
- SEX HORMONES group (as related to your hypothyroid condition) For those with hypothyroid and hormonal issues.
- PARENTS OF HYPOTHYROID CHILDREN group For parents who want to share with other parents. NOT to be a replacement for a doctor’s guidance with your child.
- CANADA Thyroid group For Canadians only.
- EUROPEAN THYROID group Specifically for those who live in Europe and who want to chat about issues related to their counties and regions.
- AUSTRALIA THYROID group For those in Australia who want a friendly and informative nature to their discussions!
- SPANISH ONLY THYROID group Strictly spanish speakers.
MORE GOOD GROUPS:
- STOP THE THYROID MADNESS FACEBOOK PAGE This is where Janie posts pertinent information pertaining to patient experiences and wisdom. Patients can comment. Medical professionals welcome if you are eager to learn from patient experience and wisdom.
- **New as of 9-2013** STOP THE THYROID MADNESS POETRY PAGE A place to share your creative spirit about your hypothyroid experiences. Humor appreciated! Artistic drawings also welcome if they pertain to hypothyroidism.
- STOP THE THYROID MADNESS MEMORIAL PAGE A place to give honor to someone who has passed on but who appreciated and used this patient movement for better treatment!
- Iodine yahoo group Run by thyroid cancer patient Stephanie who beat thyroid cancer, this is a group that focuses on the use of iodine for good health and has gained important information over the years on the use of iodine, such as the need for supporting nutrients when using it. This group will help counter the negative information you may be hearing against iodine. Very informative and definitely worth exploring.
- Facebook Iodine group Run by Stephanie Buist who owns the above Iodine Yahoo group.
- Facebook Iodine group Run by Lynne Farrow, author of the The Iodine Crisis, plus Lynn Rasaitis.
- Thyroidless yahoo group For those completely without a thyroid, whether through RAI, surgical removal or other issues, this group is run by the vivacious Sam who has regained her health and well-being with desiccated thyroid and support of her adrenals.
- United Kingdom group Specifically if you live in the UK, this group is run by the dynamic Sheila of TPA-UK.
- Janie’s Blog Here is a place where you can read what’s on Janie’s mind, and can comment! This is not a place for questions, just comments. But you can read what others are saying. Sign up with the Blog notification to the left of the blog and below the links, which will send you an email when Janie posts. (Look on the left of any page on the bottom of the links to sign up)
- New Zealand Facebook group Heard good things, but do let me know.
- Life Coaching: Need to talk to someone about where you are going with your life, career, etc? This is a Life Coach I trust and recommend. He attended the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and focuses especially on high achieving creative minded types. To learn more about life coaching and to get a free sample session, click on the underlined link and tell him I sent you.
- Web Content and Coding Consultation: A highly recommended consultation when you need help with content management within WordPress, web coding, help with fixing your site if it just doesn’t look right to you, and recommendations on what you need, how much it’ll cost and how long it’ll take. This is done by the guy who helped create the STTM website.
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