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Why Attend



The goal of the Foundation's educational programming is not only to provide educational and research information, but also to provide a supportive, social environment for patients, family members, and caregivers who have been impacted by Graves’ disease, Thyroid Eye Disease, and other thyroid related disorders. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had thyroid disease for many years, the Foundation's programs will be extremely valuable to you, your family and loved ones.

  • Listen to world-renowned doctors and researchers discuss treatment options and the latest research studies
  • Spend time with conference experts, who will be available to answer general questions
  • Network with others who understand what you're going through
  • Become empowered through education to become more effective in your own health care communications with your doctor

The opportunity to share challenges, concerns, and coping strategies with others who truly understand what they have been through provides patients and family members with a sense of both relief and empowerment.  Comments from past attendees include:

“I learned more in a few days than I had in years – I cannot thank you enough.”

"Each conference teaches me something new, and interacting with other patients is comforting and helps me feel I am not alone."

“Overall it was great, informative and I am so very thankful for all that you at the Foundation do.  Thank you!!”

 “The conference was very helpful, especially being able to talk with the doctors and other people diagnosed with Graves’”.

“The conference was incredible.....so much information!”

“The information on Thyroid Eye Disease was wonderful and so very helpful.  I appreciate all the time devoted with those sessions."

"I am extremely impressed with the presenters!  They are outstanding.

"I loved every minute of the conference.  SO empowering.  Thank you, thank you.

"Wonderful presenters, wonderful openness to questions at any time.  Meals together were great.  Breakout groups - very helpful, fun, moving.

"Wonderful!  Time and money well spent!  Thank you!

"The lecturers were excellent.  Meeting so many others and hearing their stories was amazing."


Recent News

Recent Forum Posts

  • Graves disease- can't find right dosing for methimazole

    May 27, 2016, 3:15 p.m.

    My eye disease began very shortly after starting methimazole and progressed rapidly to optic neuropathy,...

  • Third relapse

    May 27, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

    I quickly got tired of the ups and downs on methimazole and I never felt right. With your thyroid gone, if...

  • Third relapse

    May 27, 2016, 1:31 p.m.

    Hi Saw the endocrinologist today He has been keen since last time for me to have TT or RAI and told me that...

  • Graves disease- can't find right dosing for methimazole

    May 27, 2016, 10:43 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have some thoughts too. Why would adding thyroxine to your methimazole...

  • Graves disease- can't find right dosing for methimazole

    May 26, 2016, 2:36 p.m.

    Hi everyone, The doctor can't seem to find the right dosing for methimazole. I have been on it for two years....

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 26, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

    To Shirley and Liz - While eyes are not (yet) a big issue with me, I just have to jump in here and tell you...

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 26, 2016, 11:49 a.m.

    Shirley, you are making me work today! Everyones disease course is so different. To complicate matters,...

  • Third relapse

    May 26, 2016, 10:53 a.m.

    Hello, I have not been on antithyroid drugs so I cannot speak out from my own experience. I will say it does...

  • Third relapse

    May 26, 2016, 10:48 a.m.

    Now they are talking about radiation and steroids following TT for the best outcome of TED. Outcome of...

  • Third relapse

    May 26, 2016, 8:42 a.m.

    Liz, the Standard of Care used to be to leave a tiny piece of thyroid, to avoid having take a thyroid...

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 26, 2016, 8:39 a.m.

    For TED, (thyroid eye disease,) the main reason to give steroids is usually because the orbital swelling of...

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 25, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

    I had to go back and look at my records and I actually had 3 months, not six weeks, of weekly SoluMedrol...

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 25, 2016, 1:22 p.m.

    Thank you all. The comments are helpful. Liz, do you recall your IV dosing?

  • Third relapse

    May 25, 2016, 1:03 p.m.

    My TT was very quick and easy. Not scary. My only worry is that there might be a tiny thyroid remnant left....

  • can't decide- IV steroids or oral

    May 25, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

    The IV steroids helped with the irritation and kept retraction the same. Did not seem to do much for double...

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