June Is Thyroid Awareness Month in Canada!

 

Thyroid disease takes on many forms, including nodules and Thyroid Cancer and can be devastating for those affected. As many as 50% of individuals go undiagnosed. Signs and symptoms can fall under Hypothyroidism; dry skin, goiter, depression, fatigue, sensitivity to cold and weak slow heartbeat, and Hyperthyroidism; weight loss, anxiety, rapid forceful heartbeat, fatigue, depression, tremor and eye changes.

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada (TFC) is a non-profit registered volunteer organization which was founded in 1980 by Diana Meltzer Abramsky CM, BA in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Diana wanted to help the many patients suffering from thyroid disease as she had done. With the assistance of Dr. Jack Wall she began the very first thyroid foundation in the world. A research fund was set up and educational material developed for patients on a wide range of thyroid topics.

Almost 40 years later and the TFC continues to uphold Diana’s vision and has also built upon her wishes of ensuring that everyone feels supported. The TFC offers a dedicated toll-free telephone line manned by our volunteers, fundraising for thyroid research and sharing important medical information on the website and in the Thyrobulletin, TFC’s official newsletter to members. The TFC continues to think of new ways to ensure that people are well-informed of this tiny, butterfly-shaped gland, that plays a huge role in your body, influencing the functions of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin.

During Thyroid awareness month, let us all do our part to learn more about thyroid disease and support those affected by it. You can help by volunteering with us to help others or by simply becoming a member of TFC.  For further Information contact us at 1-800-267-8822 or by email at info@thyroid.ca.

Help us to Help Others

Awareness/Advocacy

  • Public education programs
  • Advocacy for improved thyroid care
  • Annual June is Thyroid Month activities

Patient Support

  • Toll free telephone Help line and email access for thyroid patients
  • Thyroid Health Guides and other educational material
  • Thyrobulletin newsletter
  • Thyroid.ca site with the latest news

Thyroid Research

  • Annual Research Awards program provides funding for projects carried out in Canadian thyroid laboratories.
  • Annual Light a Tree campaign to raise funds