Ninth Entry: Thyroid Literary Contest – Three Words of Encouragement
My four words of encouragement are
Knowledge and the quest for knowledge are part of who I am. When faced with uncertainty or a problem I look to books or other reliable sources of information to determine how to proceed. Once I have gained some knowledge I feel strong in making a decision or choosing a course of action. That strength of conviction helps me through any adversity or doubt that surfaces along the way. Another source of strength and support is community. Community encompasses everyone in my circle of support, family, friends, fellow patients, and even strangers who have the courage to share their stories or offer support in any forum. Finally trust is encouraging to me. I trust my instincts from day to day. I trust that taking a stand and being outspoken will make a difference. I trust that as awareness spreads more research will be done leading to a deeper understanding of our diseases and better treatment options. I trust that if I listen to my body, continue to gain knowledge, maintain a presence in the community, push for more information and better options, and stay strong that I can someday feel like myself again.
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