First of all, thank you all so much for your comments and feedback. When the Guardian article went live on Monday I was absolutely besieged with emails, tweets and private messages. What is clear to me is that I am not alone. I thought that I was but I’m not.
Initially, I tried to respond to everyone who has written to me but I quickly discovered that this is simply impossible. If I did not respond personally to you rest assured that I read what you sent to me and I appreciate your time, comments and concerns.
Not only do a lot of people share my experience with thyroid misdiagnosis and neglect of the condition but it is clear that this situation is happening today, at this very moment. Too many people are, for want of a better way of putting it, slowly dying.
I didn’t expect this to happen but I intend to capitalise on the moment. On Tuesday the Daily Mail contacted me and asked me to write a similar piece for them. Whatever your thoughts on the Mail the fact is that it is a far bigger platform than the Guardian and I expect to receive even more feedback than this week.
It’s clear that doctors in this country are selling thyroid sufferers short. My own experiences with the NHS and expensive private specialists only bear that out. Something needs to change and the sheer volume of feedback that has come to me this week demonstrates the extent of this problem.
Over the next few days I’m going to be thinking about what to do next, and what to write in the Mail article. Any comments would be gratefully appreciated.