The Thyroid Trust, Special Patient Voices Event
Saturday 29th August, 11am – 12:30pmJenny is a teacher, community artist, Member Pioneer at The Co-operative, Service User at Edgehill University and creator of CAN (Create Another Narrative) affirmation cards.
Having experienced a rare presentation and difficult journey to diagnosis with postpartum thyroiditis and on-going thyroiditis Jenny has become a master of the career ‘jigsaw’, bouncing back and managing life around symptoms with little medical support.
For three years following a diagnosis of Postpartum Thyroiditis Jenny’s symptoms cycled from explosive to subtly debilitating and back again but with a TSH often remaining in the ‘normal’ range Jenny met many dead ends in terms of care.
Jenny shares with us how she overcame her lowest points, how she developed confidence in her voice and how affirmation helped her to really believe in the knowledge she had of her own body – changing her mindset and ultimately leading her to a life-changing diagnosis and much needed support.
CAN (create another narrative) affirmation cards are created as a result of Jenny’s own experiences, they aim to not only strengthen the patient’s voice but to raise awareness of the challenges faced when, like Jenny, illness does not fit the box.
H is For Harry, Film Screening, Playhouse 2 Shaw
Screening + Q&A, Thursday 26th September 2019 @ 19:30, Oldham
H is for Harry (12A) Mercurial Pictures
What does it take to change a child’s life? H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write. With the help of Sophie, his extremely dedicated teacher, can he overcome the illiteracy ingrained across generations of his family?
Against the backdrop of a Britain riven with debates around class, identity and social mobility, the film follows Harry over two years as he fights not only to improve academically but also to believe in a different future for himself.
Q&A session after the film showing with:
Andrew Sutherland – OMBC Director of Education, Skills & Early Years
Matthew Millburn – Head Teacher at Saddleworth School
One of the filmmakers (subject to numbers)