My body was stifled,
My mind was crippled,
I felt I’d aged in many ways.
I’d lost control,
Fell in to a deep, dark hole,
I tried my best to remain brave.
My life crumbled,
When I spoke I bumbled,
My body ached with every breath.
I wanted it to stop,
I didn’t know who I was,
People said it was all in my head.
I cried and I screamed,
I wished and I dreamed,
About the life my health took away.
I mourned and I bargained,
But then I realised I was determined,
To claw back my stolen parade.
I began digging and shouting,
Sure, I had times of doubting,
But I began to unearth the pieces.
See, the jigsaw of me,
Why I felt so terribly,
Needed perseverance in putting together the reasons.
Piece by piece, I discovered another part,
And as I worked on each,
It restored a part of my heart.
I started to see this light of hope,
Although at times it was dimmed again,
When I hit a new low.
But with every wall I came up against,
I smash on through,
And reclaimed control over my health,
Which you can do, too.
It was perseverance, determination and will power that drove,
And now I am my own health advocate living the life I always deserved to own.
See, you can’t give up the fight you know you ought to win,
So don’t stop fighting for answers,
You’ve got this, keep swimming.
Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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