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Why Attend



The goal of the Foundation's Patient & Family Conferences 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
  • Understand how to cope with emotional challenges and lessen any feelings of isolation you might have
  • Meet in small groups separately with other patients while family members do the same. Learn how to take charge of your disease, your health, and enjoy life better
  • 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

  • Loss of taste with use of Methimazole

    Sept. 17, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

    Thank you for your response. She just had labs checked a few days ago. TSH still low at 0.02 and her T4 was...

  • Loss of taste with use of Methimazole

    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:52 a.m.

    Hello - Yes, loss of taste is a potential side effect of methimazole, although I've actually heard more...

  • How about itchy eyelids?

    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:44 a.m.

    Hello - I haven't heard of this, but one thing you might consider is using some cleansing wipes specifically...

  • Graves' and TED - Status update

    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:41 a.m.

    Thanks for the update! I've definitely heard of waiting 6 months between OD and strabismus, but not sure I've...

  • Side Effects From my antithyroid medication

    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:22 a.m.

    My daughter was diagnosed with Graves not long ago and was taking Methimazole 60mg per day for 4 weeks when...

  • Loss of taste with use of Methimazole

    Sept. 17, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

    Has anyone experienced loss of taste while on Methimazole? If so, how long did it take for sense of taste to...

  • How about itchy eyelids?

    Sept. 16, 2014, 6:58 p.m.

    Yes, I pretty much have eaten the same for decades, that's why when I DID try something brand new to me and...

  • How about itchy eyelids?

    Sept. 16, 2014, 6:11 p.m.

    Nope. I have had LOTS of eye issues, but not this one! Itching is as bad as pain. Darn, sorry this is...

  • How about itchy eyelids?

    Sept. 16, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

    I know there have been a lot of posts and threads about puffy eyelids, but has anyone had their upper eyelids...

  • Graves and now period of a fib

    Sept. 16, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

    Stacy. (reply to wilson below too) and brondack! wow. with that opinion, that is confusing and tough!! IF you...

  • Graves' and TED - Status update

    Sept. 16, 2014, 4:33 p.m.

    Hi all, Apologies for the infrequent posting. Life, Graves' and TED moving along at light speed. I am still a...

  • Trying to find the sweet spot after TT

    Sept. 16, 2014, 10:20 a.m.

    Hi all - Most doctors do prefer to prescribe a brand name replacement hormone (Synthroid, Tirosint, etc.)....

  • pregnant with graves, ft4 shot up

    Sept. 16, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

    Hello – We do have a number of posters here who have had successful pregnancies while taking anti-thyroid...

  • Hi I`m a newbie and would really appreciate some advice.

    Sept. 16, 2014, 9:59 a.m.

    Thanks for the update! One issue to keep tabs on post-RAI is to make sure that your doctor is looking at Free...

  • OD is done!

    Sept. 16, 2014, 9:55 a.m.

    I would take “better than expected” as great news. Take care - and keep us posted!

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