Caroline would like to send the following message to everyone who has rung or emailed her this year. 'I do hope things are improving healthwise for you all and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Healthier New Year. Remember you are NOT alone so keep smiling and let's hope our GPs keep well enough to look after us!'
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Lorna Panketham was the speaker at the July meeting of the Leeds and Wharfedale group. She gave us an interesting power-point presentation - including passing around some plastic optical lenses which showed what could happen with double vision (Which can affect all manner of everyday tasks - like driving!) She then moved on to a question and answer session which was gratefully received. Everyone seems to have a question of their own which then triggered questions from others and a lively discussion followed.
Lorna's vast knowledge of TED (Thyroid Eye Disease) seemed to interest everyone and she kindly continued the discussion outside - long after the caretaker had locked the doors to the room and gone home!
The September meeting of the Leeds and Wharfedale Group was attended to maximum capacity. After the usual lecture hall at the school I have use many times before suddenly became unavailable - even though I believed I had a firm booking - finding a meeting place proved to be quite difficult and the Alwoodley Village Hall was a lucky find - almost at the last minute! Warm and cosy and with good facilities, it was the perfect relaxing environment.
Our speaker for the evening, Miss Sheila Fraser, Consultant in Endocrine Surgery at St James' Hospital, Leeds was inundated with questions after her initial explanations of what the Thyroid was and did. Her vast knowledge and easy quiet manner put everyone
at ease as they waited their turn to be answered. Every question asked connected in some way to everyone else and their own experiences so one question led onto another and created a lively evening.
I find a lot of knowledge can be gleaned during the evening like this. It also makes folk realise that they are not alone in their experiences. Everyone has a story to tell and questions they would like answering but cannot ask of their G.P due to time limits.
One lady, Geraldine, said she had been struggling for years not knowing there were groups like the BTF. She enjoyed the support the meeting gave her and said she will certainly become a member.
A large and appreciative audience enjoyed listening to Dr Peter Hammond when he spoke at Harrogate Ladies College on all things thyroid. This was followed by an eagerly awaited question and answer session. Beforehand tea, coffee and delicious biscuits were served which were well received and allowed folk to mingle and talk with each other as they were drinking.
A big thank you must go to Dr Peter Hammond who gave up his precious time to present an informative and entertaining lecture before answering questions from the large and welcoming audience.
Thanks must also go to Julia, Cheryl, Jan and Fiona from the BTF office who fielded questions, gave out BTF literature and sold plenty of Christmas Cards. Organiser, Caroline Fields, local co-ordinator for Leeds and Wharfedale would also like to thank helpers Ije, Enid and Cecelia, members the BTF, who served refreshments, signed folk in - and took donations to help with much needed research.
Many contacts were made between the attendees who promised to support each other.
A truly positive and worth while evening.
This was a support group meeting and was an enjoyable evening. The main topic of conversation seemed to be hair loss which had affected many members of the group.
The March meeting at Caroline's house went very well and, with fourteen attendees in total, a very lively meeting. Dr Bernard Ryan answered questions and there was time for a short break for refreshments before discussions amongst ourselves where people could get to know each other.
We had a coin collection which raised £25 for the BTF. Thanks to everyone for coming along and, if nothing else, I hope they all realise that people care and they are not alone with their thyroid problems. The more information we can share the stronger we can become.
This was an informal meeting to meet and chat with others on all matters and side effects of thyroid problems.
An informal meeting was held at Caroline's house to give those who attended a chance to discuss their concerns and share their stories in an informal setting.
Caroline would like to thank everyone who came to Dr. Peter Hammond's Meeting at Allerton High School on the 9 October. It covered the thyroid in general, what it does and what can go wrong. It was informative, enjoyable and a great success.
The first meeting of the group took place at Allerton High School in North Leeds.
The first speaker was Dr Ramzi Ajjan, MRCP, MMed.Sci, PhD, Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Leeds and Mrs Janis Hickey, Director and Founder of the BTF.
All those who attended very much appreciated what they learned from the speakers and also the opportunity to ask Dr Ajjan questions.