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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

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    March 31, 2015, 6:59 p.m.

    The stupid and lethargic was just me venting…my endo actual explains things well…I just don't...

  • Methimazole ...how long can you take it?

    March 31, 2015, 4:53 p.m.

    Hello and welcome - The latest medical guidance suggests taking anti-thyroid drugs like Methimazole for a...

  • Methimazole ...how long can you take it?

    March 31, 2015, 4:03 p.m.

    I know methimazole isn't considered a ‘life long’ drug. How long can you take it for? (Assuming...

  • Managing stress and diet

    March 30, 2015, 10:45 a.m.

    I deleted a new post on this thread, because I couldn't identify the source of the information posted. Please...

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 30, 2015, 10:37 a.m.

    No worries, Sue, I figured that's what had happened. You always have something useful to offer!

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 27, 2015, 5:02 p.m.

    Oh my word…… can we chalk that up to Graves brain? This poor woman comes on here asking to have...

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 27, 2015, 4:18 p.m.

    Hi Sue - This was a diagnosis of Graves' disease. Always nice to “see” you, though!

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 27, 2015, 12:31 p.m.

    Hello, sorry about the diagnosis but glad you found us. I'm curious….. how did you get a diagnosis of...

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 27, 2015, 10:17 a.m.

    Hello and welcome! All lab results are formatted a little differently, but yes, the “value”...

  • Understanding Graves Disease Results

    March 26, 2015, 3:18 p.m.

    I received a potential Graves Disease diagnosis last week. Tonight, I received the confirmation from the Dr's...

  • hypo husband?

    March 26, 2015, 9:13 a.m.

    Hello - Obviously we're not docs here, but if a patient is symptomatic *and* out of range, it seems like the...

  • How long for muscles to heal and rebuild?

    March 26, 2015, 9:08 a.m.

    Hello - When it comes to lab work, *you* are the customer! The lab should run whatever your doctor requests....

  • hypo husband?

    March 26, 2015, 7:59 a.m.

    i have a question,my husband has been taking levo for about 10 years,he has underactive thyroid.4 month ago...

  • Managing stress and diet

    March 26, 2015, 7:38 a.m.

    hi,, that sounds so like me 20 years ago.stomach issues,always tired ect ect.this is what helped...

  • How long for muscles to heal and rebuild?

    March 26, 2015, 7:30 a.m.

    Thanks, Kimberly - like you, I hope others with shifting levels, whether due to dose changes in their ATDs or...

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