This time five years ago I was trying to absorb the fact that I have Graves Disease, an incurable, but thankfully treatable, autoimmune disease.
Like many diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, my life drastically changed after my diagnosis. Initially I was devastated and angry. But five years later I can honestly say that Graves Disease has changed my life for the better.
Really, I changed myself for the better. But knowing I would be spending a lifetime with Graves Disease truly motivated me to examine my life and foster changes that would allow me to thrive in my circumstances. And there are so many ways that you can too! Even if you don’t have a chronic illness.
Don’t wait for a disease to make yourself a priority. Let’s talk about how to truly make yourself feel fantastic, inside and out.
Now that you know all about your Thyroid you may be wondering how you can keep that gorgeous organ healthy. Does it matter if you have an illness that causes hyper or hypothyroidism? What if you don’t have a thyroid disease at all? Is there a Thyroid Diet that you should consider?
January is Thyroid Awareness Month, but how aware are you truly of your thyroid? If you’re anything like I was pre-Graves Disease, you probably don’t give it any thought. But this butterfly shaped gland is kind of a big deal. And whether or not you have a disease that affects your thyroid, it’s worth your while to know why this amazing organ is so important and what to look out for when things go wrong. Knowledge is power – so let’s learn more about our thyroids so that we can better protect our health!
Having a Graves Disease does not make you weak. Point blank. Requiring medical attention does not mean that you are powerless. An illness is not a marathon, it is not a test or a challenge and you do not have to prove yourself to anyone. In short… with Graves Disease treatment is necessary. The same can be said about any chronic illness.
Life is strange… It’s strange because shit happens, things blindside you and sometimes there are no right answers and no clean outcomes. It’s certainly strange for a plethora of other reasons; our very existence is strange if you stop and consider it… but I digress. Today I’m focused on that no right answer, sudden happenstance strangeness that occasional blinds many of us. Those moments when finding gratitude seems impossible.