For thyroid awareness week 2 years ago I spoke on "This Morning" tv programme and then last year I raised around £1300 (I think) by doing a sponsored silence.
This year I didn't think that I could ask friends and family for money … again. So I looked at the list of suggestions that Thyroid UK have, "write to your MP about the Scottish Thyroid Petition" so I did.
Caroline Spelman actually visited me in 2009 when I was battling with the Council for a blue disabled badge and trying to get Armour thyroid prescribed which I was taking under Dr Skinner's care at the time. I managed to get the blue badge (now expired and no longer required) and the Dept of Health wrote to me to say that all Doctors can prescribe NDT on a named patient basis as long as they take responsibility.
So Caroline replied asking me to attend an appointment at one of her surgeries. I saw her just a few weeks ago. I explained about the Scottish Thyroid Petition and how, in England we have to have 100,000 signatures to force a debate. She said that there was no need as she could apply for an Adjournment debate. The idea being that I could contact members of this forum and ask them to contact their MP's with their story and ask their MP to attend the debate. The Health Minister has to attend when it is a health matter.
Caroline's application was accepted but we were only given a few days notice unfortunately.
I think that she did a reasonably good job apart from a couple of errors. The outcome is not surprising though.
I tried !!!