I am going to walk the 'Stairway to Heaven' in County Fermanagh to raise awareness for young people living with thyroid disorders.

I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid in 2018 at the age of 12. I have suffered quite badly from it. Not only has it affected my physical health, but also my mental health. I would like to do this fundraising walk to help other young women and men in my situation. I'm hoping to bring more awareness to this disease and its many forms as I feel like it’s quite overlooked and no one really talks about how it can affect you.

I want to try and help bring awareness and support to people who also suffer as I know there isn’t much out there and it can be difficult to find straightforward answers to all the questions people have about thyroid disorders.

lauren mcrae