Hello fellow Thyroid-Uk bloggers.
In a lot of ways we are very lucky people for we are now all 'meeting' each other through this blog. I want to say a huge thank you to Lyn Mynott, a treasure to behold, for starting Thyroid UK in the first place. Her determination and tenacity for the truth has already helped so many people.
By coming together as we are, the future of others will not be as bleak as our pasts have been.
My journey started over 12 years ago when after a messy divorce (after 24 years of marriage) I thought now was the time to find out why I had felt so ill throughout most of my life.
What came then was one barrier after another, GP - huge brick wall, blood tests - 2ft higher than GP wall, consultants - 2 ft higher than blood tests wall, the brick wall then appeared to be about 10ft high, being only 5' 4" (lost 2cm in height in 2 years) it seemed a mamoth task to scale it!
Of course at this point the word 'Prozac' was mentioned for my 'mental instabililty' - poppycock!
My road in life then changed by visiting
Private Gynea - Private blood test - Low thyroid levels
Private GP - Underactive thyroid - food intolerances (many) - leaky gut
Private MRI scan - deformed spine (my spine did not 'grow' properly when I was a teenager) My GP at the time basically told me the pain I experienced in my spine was 'all in my head'
The list goes on............ I will not bore you with all of it. Suffice it to say I am still trying to balance my body, I now have Adrenal Farigue with all associated problems.
Through all of this the most horrifying part was a comment by one of the GP's (my GP at the time left the surgery and another arrived in her place). Bearing in mind that in life we are learning every day, from people, situations and books that we read, I thought, nay I had hoped that my new GP would be interested in reading the books and articles from Thyroid UK about the thyroid problems people were experiencing - his comment - 'I don't feel it necessary nor do I have the time to read these books or articles, my training covered the thyroid'.
I was horrified to think that here - a GP - who is our first port of call - is not undergoing, either from his own violition or as a requirment by the GMC, CPD (Continuing Professional Development).
It would appear from that comment that he knew it all!!!
As mentioned earlier our GP is our 'first port of call' and sometimes the start of our brick wall, some are not able to scale that wall for many and varied reasons, one lady I met recently obviously didn't, 15 different types of drugs, a horrendous tale, now over 40 stone and unable to move! I am very happy to report though that this particular lady is now getting the help she needs and is on a slow road to recovery.
Well now ladies and gents it is time our voices are heard!
Another very good read 'Tears behind closed doors' by Diana Holmes.
Have a great day to all of you and never give up.