This is something I have to remind myself of from time to time.
Sometimes people will not agree with what I say, write about or stand for.
They don’t believe that what I share through my blog and advocacy work for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s patients, to be true or valuable. Really, they just don’t want to hear what I and so many others struggling with thyroid disease, have to say. And this is why so many of us are let down and left unwell, seeking answers and better health.
People, often doctors, burying their heads in the sand and pretending that many of us are not inadequately treated and our lives devastated by their lack of correct care, they ignore us and laugh off my concerns for other patients. And this can be tough to take.
But I’ve never taken criticism well and so I have to remember who I do all of this for – the thyroid patients who tell me that my writing was great to share with family and friends to spread understanding and awareness. The patients who say my interview on the radio lifted their spirits after a tough day or week trying to cope as ‘normal’ as possible with their health conditions. The patients who thank me for reassuring them that they are not alone. The critics, the ones who dismiss my, and in relation, the thousands of other thyroid patients’ struggles and concerns, can move along. I know that I’m on this planet to help others. What I do is valuable. But I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. For those who I am, it’s worth doing all of this for.
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.