Funded by the Guggenheim Foundation, Sick to Death! is a multi-platform project incorporating video, animation, medical research and a website. Award-winning documentary producer and thyroid patient Maggie Hadleigh-West will expose the horrors that thyroid patients (mostly women) experience in getting diagnosed or finding adequate, personalized treatment. She will detail her thirty-year struggle to regain her health along with showcasing other patients who have had similar ordeals. Throughout her lifetime, Maggie saw hundreds of doctors who either disregarded her symptoms, misdiagnosed or under-treated her. This documentary will explore the testing, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease and the medical industry's worldwide failure to attend to the nearly 59 million individuals that suffer from this condition.
In my experience, thyroid disease, and its accompanying symptoms and related disorders, is a very confusing health challenge. The purpose of this project is not to supply all of the answers, but rather to create a resource for health seekers that can assist in confirming that what they are experiencing may in fact be thyroid related and to pose the question why is it that patient advocates are taking on the roles and responsibilities of the medical community? With the assistance of this huge community, the Sick to Death! project seeks to improve the medical establishment’s response to thyroid disease.
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