Mary ShomonPatient advocate and author Mary Shomon transformed her 1995 thyroid diagnosis into a mission to educate and empower others struggling with thyroid and hormonal conditions.

Mary has written a number of best-selling books on thyroid disease, hormones and weight loss, and is a nationally-known patient activist. Mary founded and has published the popular Sticking Out Our Necks thyroid newsletter since 1997.

My husband Richard Shames and I first heard of Mary’s work when we began to write thyroid books. It turned out that those suffering from this common autoimmune condition already had a wonderful advocate.

Mary attended one of our east coast seminars, where we were able to see a master in action. With the mind of a scientist, heart of a mother, and voice of a Real Hot Mama, she is a force to be reckoned with. Since then, for well over a decade, we have regularly written articles for Mary’s very popular website on thyroid disease. Together, we have teamed up to insist that the public deserves better thyroid care.

I wondered what it was that made Mary so persevering, so determined, and so successful. Her story says it all. Mary is a dynamic and brilliant woman, who has shown others what we are capable of being. What I most admire about her – and there is much to be admired – is her willingness to jump in, with both feet; to learn whatever she needs to learn, and to just do it. She gets more done than ten of me, and plenty of folks think I do a lot!

I am grateful to Mary on so many levels and wish her continued success and great joy in her life. She is a powerful inspiration.

As a Certified Holistic Nurse and a thyroid practitioner, I view Mary’s work as a perfect complement to traditional medicine and with the utmost respect. Helping people to understand their bodies and advocate for their own health is a great service, allowing us all to learn how to restore balance in our bodies and in our lives.

Mary and I agree that we are each our own best healer. A doctor can help with diagnosis and treatment, but healing is up to us. As a nurse married to an MD, I can assure you there are some great doctors out there – and, sadly, there are some not so great ones. Take the time to consider your criteria and shop for your physicians. Mary helps her thyroid patients with a “Top Thyroid Docs” directory to help us locate great local physicians.

Mary Shomon is a fierce and brilliant patient advocate, who has taken the heat and come out strong. Another beautiful Real Hot Mama! It is an honor to feature her words.