Sneak Peek: Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book Review

I wanted to share a fantastic book that the author, Rachel Hill, kindly sent me. There will be many of you out there with a thyroid condition and it’s an invisible, chronic illness that poses numerous challenges for diagnosis, treatment and management. I’ll be posting up an interview with Rachel in January so this is a little sneak peak.

My Thoughts On The Thyroid Advocate Book

The Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate book cover.

Blending self-help with informative detail, helpful tips and friendly compassion from her own experiences, Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate is as inspiring a read as it is educational. I’ve written before about taking more control over your life and your medical care where you can, and this helps you do just that.

It’s a thorough resource that you can easily read from cover to cover and keep on hand to flick through to the bits most useful to you. I found this to be excellently written so it’s easy to keep turning the pages. Rachel’s writing style is authentic and she covers her own experiences with honesty and aplomb, while the more informative content is well-researched and easy to understand.

Having read this myself, it’s one I would highly recommend as it’s an invaluable source of help and support for yourself or someone you know.

About The Author

Rachel blogs at The Invisible Hypothyroidism where you can find more great posts and information on thyroid-related jazz. As someone who’s struggled with diagnosis, treatment, then having the diagnosis retracted only to be back at square one, I’ll be the first to say that you can’t underestimate the challenges faced when it comes to your thyroid. 

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate : What’s The Book All About?

This is for anyone and everyone. Whether you suspect thyroid issues may be behind your symptoms, have been diagnosed and are navigating the challenges with treatment and management, or whether you’re a friend or loved one of someone with a thyroid condition. 

This book thoroughly covers many topics, for instance :

Symptoms, diagnosis, medications, related conditions (such as adrenal fatigue), Rachel’s personal experiences, dealing with medical professionals, work and employment, addressing the grief of who you were prior to your symptoms, a chapter for friends and family to better understand the patient’s condition, encouragement for what you’re going through and references for further support. 

There’s ample praise for Rachel’s book, but the one I really like is this quote :

“After reading Rachel Hill’s book, thyroid patients will realise that even though it may seem that their disease isolates them, they are truly never alone” – The National Academy of Hypothyroidism. 

Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate’ Book is available now : 

Amazon UK  &  Amazon US 



  1. December 9, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Caz, thanks for sharing this book, I’ve had an unde ractive tyroid for years now, and my granddaughter was just diagnosed with an over active tyroid, so I’m going to share this with her. Happy holidays to you. <3

    • December 12, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      I’m sorry both you and your granddaughter deal with this with over and under active thyroids between you. It’s a fantastic resource and I hope you’re able to manage your hypothyroidism okay Masha (that’s what Rachel has and writes in depth about). I also wish your granddaughter all the best with her journey for finding the best treatment and possible lifestyle changes too. Thank you for the comment xx

  2. December 9, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Caz your review is excellent and certainly would encourage me to read this book. You say Rachel’s writing style is authentic and I say so is yours!

    • December 12, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      That’s very kind of you to say so, thank you so much!
      And thank you for taking the time to read & comment. I hope the rest of the week treats you well =]

    • December 12, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you for sharing it with me so I could share it with others who can benefit from your wisdom, experience and compassion. It truly is a great book and you should be very proud! 🙂

  3. December 10, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Wonderful to know and Thanks for sharing Caz!

    • December 12, 2018 / 4:57 pm

      And thank you for reading lovely! 🙂 x

  4. December 10, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    A book that can be read cover to cover and be kept on hand for reference, that is amazing. Or maybe I’ve been reading to many encyclopedias recently.

    • December 12, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      When a book for self-help or support and information can be read like that, it’s rare and something to treasure. I had one that helped me years ago with eating disorders that was like that; cover to cover, then dip in to certain bits whenever the need arose. At least you’ll have a thorough, all-round knowledge base if you’re reading lots of encyclopedias Esther! 🙂 xx

  5. December 10, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Love books that help others deal with issues. Most invaluable.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

    • December 12, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      They are indeed, and this truly is a incredible resource. Thanks for the comment – Happy Wednesday! Have a good rest of your week =]

  6. December 10, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I love anything that promotes books – all the better if it’s fiction 🙂

    • December 12, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Books are wonderful. I honestly don’t know what the world would be like without them! x

  7. December 14, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I’ve never really thought about thyroid issues but I’ve heard that they really affect people in my age group so I’d be interested in giving this a read!

    • December 14, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      A lot of people will go undiagnosed for quite some time, and there’s so much more to thyroid issues than most GPs will have you believe. It’s certainly an interesting read for everyone. Thanks for the comment – I hope you have a lovely weekend =]

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