Editor’s Note: I’m excited to share a post with you written by our Sponsor Programs Assistant Sharifa Simon-Roberts on Thyroid Awareness Month. To learn more about Thyroid Awareness and the online Thyroid community – check out our interviews with Katie Schwartz, founder of the wonderful Dear Thyroid, and Mary Shomon of About.com’s Thyroid community. Both are doing amazing things for their communities and, if you haven’t yet, you’ll learn a bit more about thyroid health! –Amanda
In honor of this month’s theme Chronic Conditions and Relationships – our February HABC is: Write a Letter to Your Condition. Sounds a little strange? It is, because you’re penning these words not to a real person, but to your disease, personified. Inspired by the old-fashion correspondence of snail mail (or, I suppose, you could be inspired by the art of email), write a letter, a note, a memo addressed to your health.
Here is Part Two of my interview with Katie Schwartz, founder of Dear Thyroid. (Click here to read Part One)
Amanda: Dear Thyroid is a different kind of health community and it says so right in the first line of the About page. What made you decide to bring your crusade online?
Katie Schwartz: Being a writer, I have an ongoing love affair with words. I believe that each person (when they are ready) must tell their story in their own words. Our slogan is “Healing our thyroids one letter at a time”. We mean that literally and metaphorically. Write and submit as many letters as it takes. Join our conversations in comments, and on our chat boards.
In honor of January’s Thyroid Awareness Month, I had the awesome opportunity to interview Katie Schwartz, Health Activist mastermind behind the community Dear Thyroid™. Like her community, Katie is fiercely dedicated to being honest and real about life and thyroid conditions. Her responses to my questions are saturated with rich, fun language, likely due to her background as a comedy writer and fellow lover of words. In addition to being well-spoken, Katie takes a fresh approach to advocacy that is both light-hearted and content-centric. (Perhaps it’s no surprise why I’m such a fan!) Personally, I connected immediately with Dear Thyroid’s mission statement and their literary focus. It doesn’t take long to see why this community is special and why it has engaged so many. A self-proclaimed “pushy broad,” you can expect many more great things from Katie and her community in the future.