Thyroid Awareness Month may be just about over, but for those of us who are affected by it, it is an everyday struggle.
There is no need for anyone to feel isolated and cornered off. There are many support groups and organizations that want and need your help. You may even want to donate to the organization of your choice for research funding. These same agencies also provide patient information.
On the other hand, some patients have complained of the limited numbers of endocrinologists available. As cases of diabetes and thyroid conditions increase, this becomes a true concern. Most of these organizations’ goals are to generate support and research on thyroid molecular and cell biology, physiology and diseases. They act as resources for knowledge that promotes prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Even further than that, many organizations support the education of trainees, scientists and physicians, and other healthcare professionals who work in the field of investigating, diagnosing and treating thyroid diseases.
Some organizations, such as the ATA (American Thyroid Association) influences public polices regarding the management of these disorders. They can act as an advocate for thyroid specialists. And when necessary, support is garnered from other industries to meet the needs of these health organizations. This often means that affiliations such as the ATA take the lead in encouraging philanthropic giving.
So, no matter what your concern, there is an organization for you. Please see the list below:
The Hormone Foundation
American Thyroid Association
Graves’ Disease Foundation
THYCA: Thyroid Cancer’s Survivors’ Association, Inc.
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Resources: American Thyroid Association, The Hormone Foundation
Dita Faulkner is a freelance writer who loves to participate, whether it be small or great, in the advancement of women.
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