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.’
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.
CAN affirmation cards 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.
CANcards © Jenny Allen 2020
Can you make a small donation?
CAN Cards are fundraising in aid of The Thyroid Trust, registered charity 1183292. If you find downloading these affirmations helpful and are able to, then please consider making the recommended donation of £2 to the Thyroid Trust – a charity that provides much-needed support and awareness-raising for those suffering from thyroid illness. You can do so here –> DONATE
Buy (not for profit) your own pack of CAN affirmation cards here