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FREE DOWNLOAD – Create Another Narrative, CAN Affirmation Cards: Mindset is essential for wellness and has been a tool that I have used to get the support I need. Please download, enjoy and help to create another narrative – a narrative where your voice is heard.

Why CAN Affirmation

Can Affirmation Cards were created in response to my own health journey. After giving birth I experienced an extreme presentation of Postpartum Thyroiditis and continuing health problems for several years after this. I found it nearly impossible to access the support that I required and my symptoms were constantly dismissed as mental health problems – it was ‘all in my head.’ When I met those who believed that my symptoms were present the intensity and impact of them was never fully acknowledged, I was suffering from a severe case of ‘women’s things.’

I Know My Body

How CAN Affirmation helped me

Before I gave birth to my little girl I practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was positive affirmation. When I became unwell I found myself quite naturally drawing upon this resource. On some days I stood in front of the mirror and said the affirmations out loud, I built my confidence, my voice and genuinely believe that these affirmations helped me to get the support that I needed.

The nature of thyroid conditions is that symptoms can present as mental health challenges. Some days I knew my thoughts weren’t my reality and I needed to dig deep and connect with myself – this is how affirmation helped me. I hope they can help others feel less alone, that they speak to people in difficult times and offer a level of comfort.

Positive outcomes

My journey has been extremely difficult and I have unfortunately found that I am not alone – lots of people and especially women have their symptoms dismissed. I am ever so grateful for the support I have around me but what about those who aren’t fortunate enough to have this resource?

I want to use my experiences to help others, I know what it meant to me to find another ‘me!’ I hope my own journey can have some kind of positive outcome. Sharing my story, volunteering at Edgehill University as a service user and these affirmation cards are just some of the ways that I try to do this.

Working together

CAN affirmation cards are about working with professionals to get the right medical advice. They are about building confidence in the patient to ask questions and to continue even when doors feel closed. They are about creating a narrative that the patient’s voice matters. The patient is, after all, the only person who holds the first piece of the jigsaw; knowledge about their own body and experiences.

CAN – download & print single sided

CAN – download & print double sided

Life Loves and Learning

Read parts one, two, three, four and five of My Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis by following the links here and how this impacted my postnatal mental health journey here.

 

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