I am a mother of two beautiful boys, both born with Congenital Hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism during my late twenties and later learned that it was Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. My husband was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease (hyperthyroidism) shortly before our oldest son was born. All four of us take daily thyroid hormone replacement medication. I remember the day we received the phone call diagnosing my oldest son with Congenital Hypothyroidism. I felt so overwhelmed. I didn’t want anything to be wrong with my precious newborn. I also felt very alone, since I didn’t know anyone else who had a child with Congenital Hypothyroidism. For parents dealing with that initial diagnosis, please know that you are not alone and that it is going to be okay. I am not a doctor or a scientist, but I am a Mom that deals with thyroid disease every day. I have spent most of my career as an attorney, now I’m using that training to advocate for children with thyroid disorders. I hope you enjoy reading my blog about all things thyroid!
-by Blythe Clifford