How do people react when you tell them you have a thyroid condition? Is it with understanding? Surprise? Confusion? Curiosity? What have you come to expect?
Confession: I don’t really tell people. Why? Is it that my reserved nature? Do I fear other peoples’ reaction? Am I loath to admit to something which isn’t “normal”?
Those I have told (I say “Underactive thyroid gland”), have reacted with, “Euhhh? What?” I explain but still get a glazed look, indicating I lost them at the word “gland”. Not much different when I told a Dentist friend.
I recently admitted to one friend that I had been struggling with energy. Didn’t batter an eye lid, she changed the topic. I tried again, only to be brushed aside yet again. Too embarrassed though I’ve explained the thyroid thing previously? Too wrapped up in their little world? The latter I sadly suspect. I won’t make the same mistake again.
One shining knight is a friend who took the trouble to ask what he doesn’t understand and has proven an invaluable support as a result. I don’t see him often but I know he is there for me. He offers ideas, listens to my answers, gets me thinking. He doesn’t judge, just asks and allows debate. Another friend has Hypo in her family and so understands to some extent but Hashimoto’s causes confusion, still I appreciate that she cares, takes an interest.
Your turn: How have people reacted when you’ve told them? Was it as you expected? What surprised you?
Footnote: Don’t be shy, please do leave a comment. I’d really, really like to know what you think. You’re the only people who understand!