I am thrilled to announce a fellow blogging friend, Rachel, has released her second book, following on from her successful Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate. I’ve shared an interview with Rachel previously. I felt her first book was a fantastic resource that I’d highly recommend, and you can check out my review for that one here. It seems there’s no stopping her, because she’s been super busy prepping a second book, which has recently been released!
You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has Hypothyroidism – By Rachel Hill & Adam Gask
“Understanding hypothyroidism and how your relationship can still thrive”
Chapters & Contents
An introduction with a little on the authors – Rachel Hill, from The Invisible Hypothyroidism, and her partner, Adam Gask. They introduce the book and from there it’s divided into 4 main parts, each with sub-chapters to make reading & navigation more convenient.
Part 1 – Everyone is Welcome. General & thorough overview of hypothyroidism, its impact on mental health, understanding the energy levels of your loved one with hypothyroidism, navigating medical appointments and how this condition could affect your life too as a loved one of someone with hypothyroidism.
Part 2 – Spouses and romantic partners. What living with a partner with hypothyroidism in like, issues around libido, sex, pregnancy, fertility and parenting.
Part 3 – This is geared towards friends, family, parents of a thyroid patient, anyone who knows someone with a thyroid condition. It looks at things like hypothyroidism and social events and housework, the challenges with work, the precarious ‘how are you’ question, supporting dietary changes, dealing with seeing your family member or friend struggling with their health.
Part 4 – Support for those who are supporting others. This focuses on looking after yourself and your own mental health because seeing someone you care about struggle, trying to understand what they’re going through and supporting them in whatever ways possible, affects your life, too.
Epilogue – Further support and information is provided.
When it comes to non-fiction and self-help style books, I like those that can be versatile in how you read them. Sometimes you might want to go from cover to cover, but other times you want to zip to the bits that are most relevant to you at the time. After reading it all, it’s good to then be able to use it as a point of reference, something you can dip back into when you want a pick-me-up.
This can be dipped back into time and time again, as you can head to relevant chapters as needed for words of support and encouragement, and for reminders of tips and suggestions.
The content is varied and expansive, covering a range of topics so as to give a more in-depth, well-rounded view of life with hypothyroidism and the ways in which it affects both the sufferer and their friends and families.
It has a very inclusive, welcoming vibe as you go through the chapters, so you know you’re in good hands with the authors as they lead you through their thoughts and suggestions.
Rachel writes from her own experiences, but she also covers content in an objective way when dealing with basics of thyroid problems and their effects. As she explores hypothyroidism and its myriad of effects, Adam provides his own insights throughout, supplementing the book with his experiences as a partner to a thyroid patient and everything he’s learned as a result. I imagine a lot of people who know a thyroid patient will nod along to thoughts Adam shares, finding they’re not alone in the challenges they’ve faced and the worries they’ve had.
It’s brilliant that there are practical suggestions alongside thoughts and opinions, such as with tips on what a friend/family member/loved one can do to help support the person with hypothyroidism around the house or during a flare up of symptoms. There are also poignant suggestions around what not to say to someone with hypothyroidism and what would instead be helpful. I think a lot of the time people want to be supportive, but they can feel helpless and not too sure what’s best to say or do.
The writing is intelligent yet down to earth, and both authors get the balance just right. It’s not condescending but it doesn’t go over your head either, allowing you to get absorbed by the content and enabling you to relate to what’s being discussed.
In fact, as I was reading this I felt a fair bit of it could apply to other chronic illnesses. Likewise, when Adam discusses what it’s like living with someone with hypothyroidism, I think it’s difficult for many partners who live with someone dealing with various types chronic illness.
Who’s It For?
Primarily this is for those with a thyroid condition, namely hypothyroidism, and their friends/partners/families. However, as I was reading this I felt it had a wider reach than that. I think many with chronic illnesses will be able to relate to a lot of facets around how symptoms can affect your life, especially where things like fatigue are concerned. Looking at the emotional impact, and then the ways in which such challenges affect those around us, are, I feel, also applicable to those with other health issues, from fibromyalgia to immune disorders and ME/CFS.
It’s also a book for those wanting to learn more about hypothyroidism. It’s a personal snapshot of life with the condition and it gives you another angle on it that’s not so clinical: that of the patient and that of the ‘other’, whether that’s a partner, parent, sibling or friend.
This book is about life with hypothyroidism, but I feel there are many aspects that those with other chronic illnesses will be able to relate to. It gives a heartfelt twist on clinical books about such conditions, looking at the wider effects for those who live with and support someone with hypothyroidism. It is supportive and warm, while providing practical advice and suggestions, and raising awareness. It shows each and every reader that they’re not alone, whether as the patient or loved one, in the journey they’re experiencing.
You can find Rachel & Adam’s latest book on Amazon >>>
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A huge thank you to the lovely Rachel & Adam. I received a digital copy of this brilliant book so that I could share my thoughts with you all, and I wish them both every success with it!
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