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When I was asked if I would like to be a part of The Big Thank You campaign in Leeds for the NHS, I jumped at the chance. I feel honoured to be a part of this campaign and to share my story on why I think the NHS deserves a huge thumbs up, based on my experience and those of the people closest to me.

About five months ago I was moving furniture around in my apartment in Leeds, where I live with my fiancé Gareth – who was away at the time. When I woke up the next day my muscles felt quite stiff, as you can imagine, from all the heavy lifting – (don’t do this at home kids!) A few days past and I was still pretty sore and it was mostly around my chest area. A further week later I was sent home from work after suffering from severe chest pain. At the time I didn’t feel like it was serious enough to go straight to A & E but to be on the safe side, I called my Doctors to book an appointment for the next day.

I was quite scared that night as I was still in a lot of pain but I didn’t want to worry anyone, so I battled through as I knew I had a doctors appointment in the morning. I always feel embarrassed, nervous and anxious when going to my GP but I don’t know why, as I always receive the best care and advice. My surgery in Leeds is quite big so sometimes you see a different doctor each time. I wish I could remember the doctor’s name that day, as she was amazing. She could tell straight away that I was in pain and I was short of breath, she was concerned that I may have Pneumothorax, which basically means a collapsed lung. She sent me straight to A&E and my fiancé Gareth was with me every step of the way. To cut a long story short, after the blood tests and X-rays it turned out that fortunately it wasn’t this and I had just pulled a muscle next to my ribs which in return was making it difficult for me to breathe.

I want to say a huge thank you to the Doctor at the Light Surgery in Leeds that made me feel calm and followed her instincts by sending me to A & E. Another huge thank you goes out to all the staff at the hospital. I was so lucky that it turned out to be a pulled muscle as it could have been a lot more serious than this – especially based on the amount of pain I was in! I also need to say a huge thank you to Gareth for making me feel calm, waiting for me to fall asleep before he did and just generally taking care of me – he was definitely my hero when I needed him to be.

My experience with the NHS has been very positive and this campaign is all about saying a big Thank You to the NHS for their hard work. Would you like to say thank you to someone special in your life? Why don’t you head on over to the Big Thank You site to say thank you to your hero.

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