Support Local support groups Leeds (Wharfedale) group In the absence of face-to-face meetings, we are holding regular 'Meet the Thyroid Experts' webinars. These free-of-charge sessions provide the opportunity to hear from medical experts, as well as put your questions to them. You can find details of future webinars and watch recordings of previous ones on our YouTube channel. See BTF webinars Next meeting: Wednesday 6 May 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start. Finishes 9.00 pm Entrance is free of charge, but donations to the British Thyroid Foundation are welcome. Venue: Harewood Village Hall, Church Lane, Leeds LS17 9LJ (Next to the Muddy Boots Cafe) Speaker: Dr Mark Lansdown, Consultant Endocrine and Breast Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust followed by a question and answer session. Contact: For further info contact Caroline Fields on 0113 2886393 or email [email protected]. Or just turn up on the night. All welcome. Profile I began my thyroid journey almost 30 years ago when I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. No one knew what was making me feel dreadful and losing weight and my specialist in Leeds said he thought I had a tumor somewhere! After scans, x-rays and every test imaginable he eventually did a thyroid function blood test! I suddenly turned underactive, which I found easier to manage, but my GP didn't seem to know much about thyroid disorders and was reluctant to refer me to an endocrinologist. I needed somewhere to turn so I became a member of the British Thyroid Foundation. I later became a local support group coordinator with the BTF holding meetings for patients with professional speakers whilst also gaining knowledge myself. I still hold meetings twice or three times a year and I'm still learning! I am now doing okay providing I stay on the same brand of levothyroxine. Past Meetings September 2019 Dr Sam Pearson, Consultant Endocrinologist, speaking at the Leeds support group meeting. June 2019Ann, who is an ITEC qualified aromatherapist and reflexologist was a great speaker. She engaged, entertained and informed everyone about the value of using essential oils in aromatherapy for relieving stress and anxiety and also taught us how to do EFT - emotional freedom 'tapping'. These Homeopathic oils were passed around the group until the room smelled like a florist shop! We certainly had some fun working out which ones we liked or didn't! Frankincense and Myrrh is believed to have calming effects and it is often thought that good old Lavender can lead to a good night's sleep if a couple of drops are placed on either side of the pillow. There are remedies for everything so it would seem!