The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
(AACE) debuted the blue paisley ribbon icon in 2012 as a universal symbol of thyroid disease awareness and advocacy. Paisley was chosen because of its resemblance to a cross-section of thyroid follicles, the tiny spheres that the thyroid gland is made of.
For those suffering from hypothyroidism, medication adherence is crucial to restoring proper function to the body. The SAME/SAME/SAME initiative reinforces the importance of thyroid patients taking the same dosage of the same medication at the same time every day.