Five years ago, I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease – awful name I know! This is an autoimmune disease that damages the thyroid gland which is a little butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck. The thyroid regulates your body's metabolic rate, growth and development.
There is no known cause or cure and, to keep things short, I just hope you never have to experience it. I had one relapse after my thyroid levels normalised (euthyroid) through medication. So I was left with definitive treatment as my only option.
On the 7 March this year I finally went through with the tough decision of undergoing total thyroidectomy surgery. So now I just have to take thyroxine for the rest of my life - simple!

I do love to be 'Miss Positive' however it is safe to say the toll this journey has taken not only on my physical health, but also on my mental health. It has not been easy however I’m actually so grateful for this experience! I certainly would not be who I am today without going on this crazy journey. My little butterfly-shaped gland has been a pain in the backside for sure, but it’s also taught me SO much and has led me to some truly amazing people.
Now, 11 weeks post op I clearly feel like I’ve not been challenged enough and have booked to do a 160ft Bungee Jump over Salford Quays to raise some money for charity! This has always been one of my biggest fears (especially above water) but apparently I think I’m brave enough now.
Any donation made/sharing of the link is massively appreciated & all donations will be going to the British Thyroid Foundation who provide amazing information and support to people affected by thyroid-associated disorders.
Anyone who wants to come along, or even has any questions etc. please feel free to get in touch for more details. Let’s all pray for my safe return to the ground! Thank you! All my love, Chel