This photo popped up on one of my social media accounts, so I have no idea where it came from, but I really like it.
This is something I have to remind myself of from time to time.
People, often mainstream medical professionals, will sometimes critique what I say, write about or stand for. Not directly to me, but mostly through people who follow my blog and then let me know that their doctor says it’s all rubbish.
They don’t believe that what I share through my blog and advocacy work for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s patients, to be true or valuable. Really, they just don’t want to hear what I and so many others struggling with thyroid disease, have to say. And this is why so many of us are let down and left unwell, seeking answers and better health.
Burying their heads in the sand and pretending that many of us are not inadequately treated and our lives devastated by their lack of correct care, they ignore us and laugh off my concerns for other patients. And this can be tough to take. Functional and holistic doctors however, align in their beliefs with me.
But I’ve never taken criticism well and so I have to remember who I do all of this for – the thyroid patients who tell me that my writing was great to share with family and friends to spread understanding and awareness. The patients who say my interview on the radio lifted their spirits after a tough day or week trying to cope as ‘normal’ as possible with their health conditions. The patients who thank me for reassuring them that they are not alone. The critics, the ones who dismiss my, and in relation, the thousands of other thyroid patients’ struggles and concerns, can move along. I know that I’m on this planet to help others. What I do is valuable. But I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. For those who I am, it’s worth doing all of this for.
Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism
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