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Yep, it’s come round fast! Today is the day, and it’s going to be emotional.
At the start of this year, when I was starting to feel quite a bit better on NDT medication for my hypothyroidism, I decided I wanted to raise money for a charity who work hard to promote all that I do on this blog; the support of T3 and NDT medications, the importance of checking vitamin levels and supplementing where appropriate, the importance of testing a full thyroid panel and not just TSH, and all the complications and symptoms we can have when getting diagnosed and properly medicating thyroid disease.
I initially had a goal of raising £100 for Thyroid UK, and then decided when I hit that within in a month, to raise it to £300. I reached this last weekend. I wanted to support a charity who needs more support to do the valuable work they do. To help others as they have done me.
But part of me also liked the challenge; the idea of completing a 5k, when I wasn’t particularly well, gave me a goal and motivation to keep on going. It contributed to the drive for me to keep on exploring what else to try, to get me closer to better health.
It kept me motivated in helping others and pushed me to keep on shouting for better treatment of thyroid patients. And I’m pleased to say that I am pretty much back to full health. I say ‘full health’ in the way that, as a thyroid patient, it means still having bad thyroid days, still getting tired or stressed easier than others, and being susceptible to putting weight on easily, but as a condition, my thyroid disease is manageable day to day.
I still have to take medication every day, twice a day, for the rest of my life and I will keep up my supplements, but now, it’s about maintaining my good health instead of trying to improve it. My day to day life isn’t be affected by my thyroid condition anymore. Completing a 5k will take more out of me than the next person but I will be able to do it.
And when I cross that finish line, I know I will shed a tear or two, maybe not just me but also my partner and best friend who have seen it all, too.
They have seen my decline and seen me rise from the ashes again; this new, stronger (in more ways than one) person. They chose to support me in doing the run alongside me because they knew how much it meant to me. They’ll also be wearing a unicorn headband, pink fishnet gloves and glitter face paint as we complete the 5k, so if that isn’t showing your support for a friend, then I don’t know what is!
To be able to complete a 5k, when six months ago, I couldn’t get up the stairs on my own, will be a real achievement for me.
I’ve made it no secret that I was completely devastated by hypothyroidism and then developing adrenal issues due to Levothyroxine not working for me, so completing this event, which probably seems quite minor to people who have no idea what it’s like living with these health conditions, is a big deal for me.
It will be a celebration as I pass that finish line; marking a lot of progress in my health and how much better I am, the fact that I made it through the dark cloud of depression and have completed a 5k when I couldn’t get up the stairs alone six months ago.
I have reached my £300 goal, but anything extra is very much welcome. The amount of support I have received so far has blown me away, so thank you.
Are you fundraising for anyone this year?
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The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, which builds on this article in detail. It covers how I reclaimed my health and now thrive despite having hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
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 writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include “Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate” and “You, Me and Hypothyroidism”.