My 23rd Birthday

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I’ve made it another year! Today, I’m 23.

One year ago, on my last birthday, I was majorly depressed and very unwell from hypothyroidism. It was on my birthday that I decided to get rid of lots of ‘friends’ who were failing to be good friends to me, for the sake of my mental health and ability to get better.

I was suicidal and I think I struggled to smile all day. To be honest, the day is a bit of a blur in my mind because I was so ill, physically and mentally.

I can’t believe a year has passed. For one thing, it’s gone soooo fast. I can’t believe the progress and how much I’ve grown in that time. The difference between who I am today and who I was one year ago is astonishing. Secondly, as well as it going by quickly, a lot has also happened in that time which makes it hard to believe it’s been only a year.

This year, I’ll be able to enjoy my birthday without gritting my teeth all day in anguish. I’ll be able to actually walk without every step taking every ounce of energy left in my body. I’ll be able to enjoy it as me. Not a shell of who I once was, like last year.

A lot can happen in a year. 🙂 Just Keep Swimming.

Rachel smiling into the camera with two thumbs up wearing a unicorn headband

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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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Rachel Hill, Thyroid Patient Advocate, blogger and author, has Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites and has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and also contributed the foreword to Emily Kyle’s The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook.

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