This post about how to manage chronic illness is sponsored by Walgreens. All opinions are my own.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ll never forget the moment I got that call. \u201cYou have Hashimoto\u2019s thyroiditis\u201d, the doctor told me. As a 23 year-old, that sounded really scary. Without any other context, that sounded downright frightening. The thought of having a chronic disease for the rest of my life felt like a large pill to swallow (pun intended).\r\n\r\nAfter a long conversation with my doctor, she reassured me that my disease is actually quite common. Many women (and men) live with an underactive thyroid and other thyroid problems. She also said I could manage my chronic illness very easily, if I take my medication every day. I just have to take a thyroid hormone replacement each day, and I'm all good.\r\n\r\nI was still visibly upset when I told my parents, later that day. But after talking through it, and filling my first prescriptions at Walgreens, I was relieved to find that it really wasn\u2019t as scary as I first imagined.\r\n\r\nMy first (and only-to-date) major health scare was a hard thing to go through at a young age. However, the experience taught me a couple important lessons.\r\nSchedule Regular Doctor Visits\r\nLike many chronic diseases, Hashimoto\u2019s requires that my blood is monitored every 3, 6 or 12 months. When I first was diagnosed, they checked me every three months to make sure I took the proper dose of medication. By now, I only need to go every 12 months, unless there is a change in my hormone levels, in which case, I\u2019d go every 3-6 months.\r\nListen to Your Body To Manage Your Chronic Illness\r\nAny time I notice changes to my body that might be attributed to my thyroid, I schedule an appointment with my doctor and schedule blood tests to make sure my levels are still healthy. There have been times where my levels appear totally normal, but I don\u2019t feel quite right. With even slight adjustments to my medication, I can feel a whole lot better. This just reminded me that I actually know my body best.\r\n\r\n\r\nRefill Your Prescription On-Time\r\nWith chronic illnesses, it\u2019s really important always to take your prescription on time. That\u2019s why I use Walgreens Express RX. My prescriptions are automatically refilled for me each month, and I get a text message when they are ready for pick up.\r\n\r\nTake Your Medication as Prescribed\r\nWith my thyroid disease, I need to take two pills every morning before I eat anything. I also need to wait 30 minutes before eating. I\u2019ve been taking these pills for years, so it\u2019s quite a habit for me by now.\r\n\r\nHowever, if you have trouble remembering to take your medication, Walgreens has an app that will help you never miss a day. You can download the app here. The app offers a lot of helpful tools, like the 24\/7 Pharmacy Chat to answer any questions you have about your medication. The app also has a pill reminder feature to help keep you on track.\r\n\r\nIf you live with a chronic illness, I know it can be frustrating and hard sometimes. But I hope my story and tips help you know you\u2019re not alone. There are actually great resources to help you stay on top of your health and wellness.\r\n\r\nI am not a medical professional. This post should not take the place of professional help. If you have any questions about your health, how to manage chronic illness, or questions about medications you take, please talk to your doctor.