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About GDATF



Message from our Founder

NancyI would like to welcome you to the GDATF website. I believe the information you find here will help you better understand Graves’ disease and other thyroid related illnesses.

Established in 1990 as the National Graves' Disease Foundation, the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation is the leading source of help and hope for people with Graves’ disease and other thyroid related disorders.  We provide education and support for patients, family members, caregivers, friends and healthcare professionals.

The Foundation is a 501 C(3) tax-exempt non-profit international charitable organization. GDATF has helped thousands of patients better understand the symptoms and treatment programs for Graves' disease.

Diagnosis and treatment of Graves’ disease can cause stress, confusion, and even fear of what the future holds for you and your family. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation’s mission is to provide patient services, public education, professional education, and to fund research. Patient programs include a toll-free hotline that provides individual counseling, physician referral, and a bulletin board where anyone can ask questions about the disease. The Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation offers support groups that provide educational, psychological and emotional assistance to Graves' patients and family members.

On a personal note, when I was initially diagnosed, I thought Graves’ would be something to be treated, take the medicine, and get on with life. As many of you have discovered, this is NOT always the case. When it quickly became a struggle, I began to look for information, and for people to talk to that had faced the same concerns. When this proved impossible, I began an effort to start this Foundation. With the support of my Endocrinologist and Reconstructive surgeon, I was led to medical experts both nationally and internationally who were most willing to share their expertise in treating Graves’. They have kept us abreast of new research that is searching for the cause and cure for Graves’. Through these years, I have been honored to join hands with many dedicated volunteers who believe that the Foundation can educate, encourage and empower patients and caregivers to improve the quality of their lives.

Please visit our Forum (formerly called the Online Bulletin Board Support Group) where patients ask and respond to others questions on a myriad of subjects. Foundation facilitators monitor these posts and offer valuable insights on the topics discussed. Our Informational Bulletins are now posted on the web under About ==>About Graves' Disease==>Patient Education. You can download and read them online or print them from your personal computer. We are honored to have Dr. Terry Smith serve as Chief Medical & Scientific Officer with his knowledge and expertise on Graves' disease.

The Foundation has embarked on a major fundraising campaign so we can reach the thousands of others seeking help and fund research. Special thanks go to Kathleen and Steve Flynn for their philanthropic support to the Foundation. Recently, their Bell Charitable Foundation awarded us the largest gift ever to provide the seed money to make our dreams a reality.

However, in order to achieve these goals we need the generosity of donors like you! I encourage you to help us make a difference in the lives of those with Graves’ through this Website. Start today by making an online donation. If you become a member you will receive free patient education materials, our newsletter, and discounts at national meetings.

Whether you are living with Graves’ disease yourself, know someone who is, or simply trying to gather useful information, you have a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of other patients including children affected by Graves’ disease.

The Foundation is expanding patient programs and needs individuals who want to give something back to their community. Are you interested in becoming a GDATF volunteer? Help us increase public awareness in your own community by starting a support group, or organizing a fundraiser for GDATF. Call us at 877-643-3123 or e-mail us at info@ngdf.org for more details.

Together we can make a difference!

Recent News

Recent Forum Posts

  • Graves disease and surgery

    Oct. 30, 2014, 8:59 a.m.

    Hello and welcome! Usually, the issue with Graves' and surgery is that the patient is too hypER (i.e. Free T4...

  • Hi - RAI update in UK.

    Oct. 30, 2014, 8:49 a.m.

    Hello - The time frame I usually hear referenced is 6-18 weeks, but that is for patients who have...

  • Ratio between TSH and Free T4 levels?

    Oct. 30, 2014, 8:46 a.m.

    @Sue - The relationship between T4 and TSH is complex and I don't think it's fully understood: (Note on...

  • Hi - RAI update in UK.

    Oct. 30, 2014, 5:21 a.m.

    I had the impression the nurse was meaning they wouldn`t let me become too hyper- but you may be right...

  • Graves disease and surgery

    Oct. 29, 2014, 8:12 a.m.

    My 24 yr old niece is scheduled for surgery to remove the thyroid next week but her tsh levels fluctuate...

  • Ratio between TSH and Free T4 levels?

    Oct. 28, 2014, 9:26 p.m.

    Hey there Ras Lady -nice to “see” you! Cautious hope - I like it, and I think every Gravester...

  • Ratio between TSH and Free T4 levels?

    Oct. 28, 2014, 6:36 p.m.

    Hey Sue! How've ya been? I would be tempted to ask him whether he finds this TSH/FT4 ratio applies in the...

  • Ratio between TSH and Free T4 levels?

    Oct. 28, 2014, 4:07 p.m.

    I had a routine follow up with my endo today. Since my TT July 2013 we have been trying to get my TSH up to...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 27, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

    Thanks Yes, a second opinion is what I need. My Endo even recommended it. My T3/4 is low based on the lab...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 27, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

    Thanks Yes, a second opinion is what I need. My Endo even recommended it. My T3/4 is low based on the lab...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 27, 2014, 11:47 a.m.

    Hello – First, it’s important to know what the reference ranges are for each test, as different labs use...

  • Hi - RAI update in UK.

    Oct. 27, 2014, 11:21 a.m.

    joy123 She said that some people can suffer badly post RAI and they won`t let me, but to give it a week and...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 27, 2014, 7:21 a.m.

    hi annism,hmmm the pituatary gland?i remember when i had my RAI 20 years ago,my gland was not functioning for...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 26, 2014, 6:05 p.m.

    I switched to a different endo that my insurance would not cover so it cost me about $250 a visit but it WAS...

  • Hypo and Hyper at the same time...sigh

    Oct. 26, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

    My endo was firm about only using TSH levels but I got my regular Dr to prescribe T3.

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