How to Start a Thyroid Support Group
Tips on Creating a Support Organization In Your Area
We have a "Top Doc" list and a list of doctors that prescribe the T4/T3 procol and drugs like Armour Thyrolar.
I have a huge book of things I've printed off the internet or received from the Thyroid Foundation or Thyroid Society.
I bring books that I've read on the thyroid for members to look through.
I have a list of good web sites.
I know the first months are full of alot of work getting set up and running. But now I just answer phone calls and emails and look for information for others and line up doctors. I 'd say I spend about a 1/2 hr to an hour a day working on the group.
Why did I start this group. I was very sick from not being treated right by my doctor. I soon got better, after seeing seven doctors, and decided that they are others that are going through what I am. I felt this was important for me and others to learn more on the thyroid. And where else can you learn from the doctors -- they usually don't have time in the office to educate you. At our meetings, the doctors speak for 1 1/2 hrs and answer questions. Everyone learns something.
We now have 145 people in our group and it grows everyday. There are alot of people with thyroid disorders and more that don't know they have one. My goal is to educate the group on their disorders and educate the doctors that speak, so they can understand how we feel and how we aren't getting better on their treatments. And to help others don't know they have thyroid problems to get the information they need and to look for help. Tracy Green
Michigan Thyroid Disorder Support Group
For more information:The following sites are not thyroid-specific, but feature excellent advice on how to get a support group started that is applicable to anyone starting a support group for a health condition.
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