My body was stifled,
My mind was crippled,
I felt I’d aged in many ways.
I’d lost control,
Fell in to a deep, dark hole,
I tried my best to remain brave.
My life crumbled,
When I spoke I bumbled,
My body ached with every breath.
I wanted it to stop,
I didn’t know who I was,
People said it was all in my head.
I cried and I screamed,
I wished and I dreamed,
About the life my health took away.
I mourned and I bargained,
But then I realised I was determined,
To claw back my stolen parade.
I began digging and shouting,
Sure, I had times of doubting,
But I began to unearth the pieces.
See, the jigsaw of me,
Why I felt so terribly,
Needed perseverance in putting together the reasons.
Piece by piece, I discovered another part,
And as I worked on each,
It restored a part of my heart.
I started to see this light of hope,
Although at times it was dimmed again,
When I hit a new low.
But with every wall I came up against,
I smashed on through,
And reclaimed control over my health,
Which you can do, too.
It was perseverance, determination and willpower that drove,
And now I am my own health advocate living the life I always deserved to own.
See, you can’t give up the fight you know you ought to win,
So don’t stop fighting for answers,
You’ve got this, keep swimming.
Please remember that if you’re a thyroid patient living with poor mental health or lingering physical symptoms, that you don’t have to live this way. To address why you may still be feeling unwell (often despite being on thyroid medication too), please see this article and go through each suggestion, putting your thyroid jigsaw back together.
Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018, and is a qualified Diet and Nutritional Advisor, also currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Reflexology and more. She has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.