Help! My Child Has Hashimoto's: A Parent's Survival Guide to Autoimmune Hypothyroidism Kindle Edition
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But Ms. Kennedy's book actually transcends Hashimoto's disease. Her book, I believe, would be such a great benefit for any parent who just discovered their child has a long-term illness. The openness in which she tells her story, going into detail about what she learned overtime as the parent of her sick child(ren), the reality of the situation, and most importantly the hope she conveys, will surely be a comfort and a resource of amazing tips to help all parents like her make better sense of their new normal.
To know, I actually didn't read her book as a parent, I read it as an educator who has worked with many parents of children who were coping with an illness that impacted their schooling. And as an educator on the other side of the table, I never really understood exactly what was happening at home; I just knew it must be difficult and tried to help as much as possible to be supportive and keep the child on track academically. Boy do I wish someone shared Ms. Kennedy's book with me, even if the child didn't have Hashimoto's. If so, I could have better understood what the child was going through on a day-to-day basis and not felt so clueless about the child's reality when he/she was not in the classroom. That is why I think the following brilliant chapters should be mandatory reading for all educators of students with long-term illnesses: Chapter 3, The Reality of Blood Tests; Chapter 4, The Symptoms; Chapter 5, Medications; Chapter 11, Behavior; Chapter 12, Stress Management; and Chapter 14, Schooling. These chapters provide a perspective that the parents and child probably wish they could express, but can't or just don't know how. Now they don't have to because Ms. Kennedy did it for them.
Thank you, Ms. Kennedy, for sharing your story! This book is a must-read, and it will make a difference that's for sure.
Yet "Help! My Child Has Hashimoto’s" is much more than a toolkit. It also provides emotional support from someone who knows EXACTLY what it means to live with Hashimoto’s. This is an important book and a must read for anyone dealing with a new hypothyroid diagnosis.
I highly recommend reading this book to anyone who’s been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s or has a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance who has this illness. It’s enlightening about the every day struggles and will make you a better person for being able to empathize with them at a deeper level. Understanding is what we all need, and the author clearly and compassionately understands!
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Cindy Kennedy has, and she tugged at my heart as she spoke of the effects this autoimmune disease has...Read more