Click here to listen to a reading of this blog:
Over 13,000 nominations were made this year, so to be a finalist (1 of 6) for this award is astounding and such a surprise.
The WEGO Health Awards recognise patient leaders who are making an impact with their advocacy work, especially in the online community.
Going from being in such poor health with autoimmune hypothyroidism, to thriving in life again and sharing that with other thyroid patients, has been one heck of a ride. At my worst point, I was bed-bound, unable to climb stairs without my partner’s help and unfortunately suicidal.
Trying my best to help others in that situation is a true passion and I really do believe, my calling. I am beyond excited that thyroid disease is in the spotlight and I feel so privileged to be in this position.
As many of you know already, I work nonstop in advocating for better awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and all its related conditions and effects to our lives, and when I say that I am passionate about giving thyroid patients a voice and helping as many people as possible, I really do mean it. Thyroid advocacy is my passion.
Keeping authenticity and raw honesty behind my work, I am always open about my own thyroid journey and this is what makes The Invisible Hypothyroidism so unique. I work tirelessly but never get tired of doing what I do.
Thank you to all who took the time to vote and nominate.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a board member for The American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.