A Surprising Start
I’ve been living with Graves Disease for more than 5 years and I’m happy to be able to call myself a Graves Disease Thriver. This Autoimmune Disease has taught me so much about loving myself, feeding my body with kindness and making self care a priority.
In April of 2012 I finally had a diagnosis. “You have Graves Disease”. These four words changed my life (as any chronic illness diagnosis inevitably would). But despite the anger and devastation I felt initially, today I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the journey Graves Disease has allowed me to experience.
Did I get there immediately? Of course not! But one day I woke up and realized that I wanted to do everything in my power to be well. I radicalized my diet and began eating with thought and devotion, supporting my biological functions and ultimately my health. I learned to listen to the messages my body was trying so hard to tell me, and to treat my body with unconditional love and forgiveness.
And I learned something incredibly valuable from this experience…
My disease might be incurable but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be well.
I will always have Graves Disease. But I’m well, I’m in remission, and I’ve created mshealthesteem.com, a little health haven where we can work on self-care, acceptance, wellness and nutrition together. Everyday I feel incredibly passionate and grateful for my journey (a journey that couldn’t have been possible without Graves Disease). If I can take such a negative circumstance do that with it, imagine what you can do!
A Healthy Lifestyle AND Modern Medicine
My Graves Disease may be in remission, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t rely on modern medicine to help keep me well. I work with an endocrinologist that I adore, who monitors my condition and takes incredible care of me. If my illness were to become aggressive again I would definitely take the needed medications and even consider other treatment methods if necessary. And if someone discovered a cure I would be ecstatic!
I believe that it’s important to take a balanced approach when it comes to wellness. We need to participate in our healing and create diets and lifestyles that support our health. But that doesn’t mean that doctors and modern medicine aren’t an integral part of our well-being. My lifestyle may be the reason that I thrive but my doctors are the reason I survive.
I urge anyone with Graves Disease (or anyone really) to seek the aid of a doctor and work together to create a treatment plan that works best for you and your prognosis. The diet and lifestyle changes aren’t going to be overly helpful if you’re not receiving the treatments that you need to be well.
A Little About Me In a Nutshell
I believe that:
- Wellness is a beautiful journey, not a destination
- It is imperative that our relationships with our amazing bodies be built on the foundations of kindness, patience, forgiveness and love and that our actions reflect those ideals
- Our struggles do not have to be our downfalls
- Modern medicine is an important part of our health journey and we must also be active patients and participate in our healing
- What we eat, drink and think have a powerful effect on our health
- We are all capable of magic and deserving of joy
I choose to:
- Accept Graves Disease
- Cherish my body and treat it with devotion and respect
- Lovingly support my well being
- Consume wholesome food that will serve my body, not be a detriment to my health
- Accept that change is a necessary part of the journey
- Find joy in the light and the darkness
I’d Love To Connect with You
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Health and love,