I became very ill about three years ago.

I went to the doctors but they kept telling me it was just my hormones as I was only 20/21 years old.

I kept going back to the doctors because my health kept deteriorating and I was so worried. Finally, my doctor listened and took my bloods.

The results came back that I had hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and Graves' disease. After being on medication for a year I still felt terrible, was unable to work which made me very depressed and down all the time. This diagnosis didn't just affect my health, I lost a lot of weight and my mental health.

The medication didn't work so my next option was to get an operation to get my thyroid taken out. This happened just over a year ago now. I am now hypothyroid and still on medication which I will be on for the rest of my life. My weight has been one of my biggest issues during these last couple of years but I am feeling healthier and happier now than I was.

I would love to give something back to the British Thyroid Foundation and that is why my cousin Robyn and I are walking 10,000 steps every day in the month of May. So, if you would like to help us along the way by donating we would be so grateful.

Nicole Lamb