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2018 has been amazing. I feel so grateful for things that have happened in both my personal life and thyroid advocacy work life.
So as we approach the end of 2018, I thought it would be nice to reflect on them and let you know just how thankful I am for your support in making it happen.
In my personal life, I feel very thankful for my husband, who I can finally now call just that, as we got married in May of 2018. My physical health has also come a long way since I started seeing a functional medicine practitioner and of course I am very happy for that. My mental health has improved hugely, with my ability to let go of my eating disorder and complete two nutrition qualifications so that I could inform myself on healthier eating as opposed to calorie counting, obsessive weighing and body image issues.
I’m quite a different person to the beginning of the year, in the sense of maturing and developing in to a more well-rounded adult.
In terms of my work, The Invisible Hypothyroidism has propelled this year.
- I was interviewed in the form of a video for Health Stories Project back in February, about what my message of ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate’ means.
- I was also interviewed by the BBC three times, regarding model Gigi Hadid’s Hashimoto’s and what it is we experience as thyroid patients.
- I begun my free newsletter, which goes out every two weeks in order to equip more of you with the tools you need to get better too.
- I was interviewed by Dr Hedberg for his podcast, talking about the difficulties we face in getting the treatment and testing we need.
- I created pin badges and Theo The Thyroid plushies, opening a Facebook shop for thyroid awareness items.
- The Invisible Hypothyroidism sponsored a Mind Mental Health event, raising awareness on the link between hypothyroidism and poor mental health.
- I was nominated for an amazing six WEGO Health Awards, for: Best in show: Blog, Best in show: Instagram, Best in show: Facebook, Best in show: Community, Best Kept Secret and Patient Leader Hero.
- I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.
- I added the ability to listen to all my blog posts, for those who are visually impaired, are tired or brain fogged from hypothyroidism or even short on time from running a busy family.
- I did the Thyroid30 programme.
- I did three giveaway competitions, giving you the chance to win books and thyroid plushies.
- I wrote for lots of other people including The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, InvisiblyME, The Mighty and ThyroidChange.
- I wrote the foreword for Emily Kyle’s 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook.
- And of course, my very first book came out after a year in the making, Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired.
I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us all, but it will take a lot to beat 2018.
Here’s to good health and a great new year.
How has your 2018 been?
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.