This below was originally posted as a Reply on UrsaP's post healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...
However UrsaP recommended I write my own post on this massive subject.
Edited : Apologies UrsaP for hijacking your post. Perhaps I should write a separate post ?
I will make my announcement here and now. I got my medical records last June (paid £50); they are all horrendous reading right back to when I was diagnosed hypothyroid in 1981. I remember vividly GPs telling me - all blood tests are fine; or your TSH is too low, we will reduce your T3 med. Now I see that my TSH was 11, 17, 22 etc. I had to sell my house in 2006 to live off the equity as GPs said Nothing wrong with me, therefore I couldn't receive any type of benefit. I very soon became destitute, now many years down the line, could very easily become homeless, battling with vile landlords who continually increase rents as I use my energy & any spare money to improve their property so it's comfortable to live in - short term.
I am in ranting battling mode now - having discovered I have Hashimoto's via a private blood test in January 2017. I have discovered something called Pro Bono, where QCs or barristers give their time and efforts free of charge - If they consider a case to be worthy; if they fancy a good honest battle, to improve their CV etc. I have in the past consulted with ordinary law firms which a case would have had to be on a No win, No fee basis. They were not willing to risk it. I myself have studied 2 years of law before I collapsed in a heap & got carted off to a psychiatric unit with Myxodema Madness. So I know what a case involves; I did ironically work temping for a law firm in Birmingham which primarily fought cases brought against the NHS. They worked in chaos.
If one tries to put their case out there to be considered for Pro Bono, it has to be sent to a "pool" for the lawyers to pick & choose the cases they fancy. I contacted a law firm in London having googled Pro Bono Lawyers, but after a few days I was told I would have to send my case to the "pool".
I've had a mega traumatic few months as I got a revenge eviction after 8 years of living in that property; had to move quickly, the new propety is filthy, gas boiler 18 years old & got condemned, no requisite gas certificate (landlord could be fined up to £10k), only heating is a broken down gas fire - have to light it with a match & the fire blows up in my face, immersion heater was turned right down to zero & I couldn't alter it (took an electrician). So I went over a week with no hot water and no heating. To say I am now exhausted with adrenal fatigue, furious, cold, in debt, (what is there worth living for except my beautiful 8 year old grandson); BUT I made up my mind a few months ago to try for a Pro Bono Lawyer.
Any assistance in this mega lonely place gratefully accepted. I will probably need reams of actual facts about how the thyroid works ?? .....I have learnt a massive amount from this amazing forum but don't know as much as some here. I can't even think straight right now about what will actually be needed. But to get a Pro Bono paper accepted in the first place, I will have to catch their eye with something incredibly punchy & shocking. On my laptop I have saved & rubbished about six draft papers, all of which are much too in-depth and no doubt the reader will lose interest with the vast number of medical facts. It needs to be something like "Want a fight with the NHS?" IF I happened to win a case, it would set a precedent for others to follow. There are probably thousands of people (mainly women) who have been left to rot by the NHS.
Please do not tell me not to bother. I have absolutely nothing to lose, except perhaps my sanity. I feel certain that on my deathbed I will say "why did I not at least have a go?" I am desperate for a warm, dry home with no vicious, arrogant, selfish, money grabbing landlord, to have my dignity back, to feel safe and secure in the knowledge that no vile person can evict me at the drop of a hat. I have been failed continuously by the NHS for 36 years (1981 until 2017) and lost my whole life in the process.
Reply from UrsaP ---No worry's about hijacking but see what advice you get, if not getting much might be worth copying it to a separate post. Just so it gets seen. good luck. My husband constantly says legal the only way to go!
My reply to Ursa P..... Thank you UrsaP . I've been in court a few times previously.... 2 ex husbands and one longterm relationship, regarding finances; I "won" all of them, except of course you never get what you deserve financially. Also my son's father fought me for custody of my son (disgusting ex); I got full custody of my son. I feel in my bones that if a decent civilised judge hears the evidence, it will swing in my/our favour. But - massive amount of work (and tears no doubt)