Support Patient stories Iga Cegielko - Hypothyroidism After three years of experiencing symptoms, such as weight gain, feeling cold, insomnia, anxiety and depression, I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Although my symptoms are now largely under control, I wanted to raise awareness of the thyroid and its vital function in our bodies. So I came up with the idea of ‘Neck Selfie’ for my final year project. This was displayed in temporary exhibitions at The Borough Road Gallery and at Free Range in Shoreditch, London. The montage of images represents how thyroid disease is often invisible, despite affecting up to one in twenty people in the UK. Fifteen of the photos are slightly elevated to symbolise the swelling of the neck and face, which can be indicators of a thyroid disorder. ‘Neck Selfie’ has raised awareness about thyroid disease to approximately 300 15-30 year olds who visited the shows. Visitors thought the photo montage was a good way to get people talking about this often hidden disease. It also prompted 10 people to consider testing their Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) levels, which is just great.