There are so many thyroid patients around the world that the tiny little butterfly shaped gland has it’s own special day of significance around the world! Actually it has it’s own week – this whole week is dedicated to Thyroid Awareness which is near and dear to my heart because I have subclinical hypothyroidism which is controversial among doctors as to whether to treat it or not. Sometimes I feel like a ping pong ball with the different advice I get.
Thyroid Federation International (TFI) was founded in 1995 in Toronto and is now a worldwide organization that includes a network of patient organizations from a variety of countries around the world. TFI established Thyroid Awareness Week & Day – May 25th.
As common as it is, thyroid dysfunction seems to cause a lot of confusion and awareness is critical. One of the important aspects to understand is that thyroid disease can run in families and children often go undiagnosed.
This year the World Thyroid Federation’s theme is
“Catching the butterflies: Spotting the symptoms of thyroid disorders in children.”
To help children and their families learn about Thyroid Dysfunction TFI created these little animated cartoons depicting the symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.
Hypo is a blue butterfly, showing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, that moves slowly compared to his friends and not growing as fast. The hypo butterfly is often tired and sometimes sluggish.
Hyper is a thin, overly active, fidgety pink butterfly reflecting the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The hyper butterfly is irritable and easily upset.
Know the signs of thyroid disorder and if you have questions or want to learn more Thyroid Week or TFI are two great places to start.