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Running the Great East Run for British Thyroid Foundation because I have hypothyroidism and want to raise awareness

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British Thyroid Foundation

We support people with thyroid disorders to improve care and awareness in the UK

Charity Registration No. 1006391

Story

After Harriet was born in 2007 I started to feel poorly, no energy, brain fog, poor skin, hair loss, feeling down (the list goes on) it took 7 years of Doctor apps, many blood tests and feeling ill to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I’m now on medication for the condition which I have to take for life. The tablets help with the symptoms but there are many days I just don’t feel well, it’s very hard to explain to anyone how I feel especially when I ‘dont look ill’ 

Anyhow I really really want to raise awareness for thyroid disease but also other immune conditions so any spare pennies you have and can donate id be really grateful. 

Fatigue plays a big part in my condition, my children see me when I’m not well to often, I want to show my 2 girls that you can achieve things when you put your mind to it hence I thought I’d try running a half marathon 😊👍 

More details of the condition can be found under https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/

Thank you for reading 😊😁😊

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