As most of you know I am Graves Disease Warrior, intent on thriving and living in harmony with my autoimmune disease.
I do this in many ways: by treating myself with the utmost amount of kindness and respect. I love myself unapologetically and make decisions based on what will be best for my health and wellbeing. By eating mindfully; consuming what I believe will benefit my biological functions and support my health. I surround myself with amazing people (thank you, I am so grateful for all of you!). I’ve learned to be incredibly self-aware; when my body shows signs of dysfunction I listen and react accordingly.
But I also have medical help. I have an amazing family doctor and a wonderful endocrinologist that provide me with excellent care.
It’s a delicate and necessary balance. But self care and medical care are imperative if you want to thrive with an illness like Graves Disease. Here’s why:
I have some great news! I am in remission once again. My Graves Disease has settled down and I feel incredible. I still have my beautiful thyroid and I am medication free!
The first time I went through my Graves Disease battle I learned a lot. As difficult as this journey has been it has changed me in ways I could never have imagined. From my diet, to my outlook, to the way that I treat myself, I am, in a strange way, grateful for the changes that this experience has fostered.
This time around was different, of course, but I still managed to learn a lot from take two of my Graves Disease journey.
Here’s how I navigated my Graves Disease relapse as positively as possible:
Welcome to Ms. Health-Esteem! A little health haven for anyone who might need one. I’m creating this world as a place to share my own health journey and experiences and encourage others to find their health-esteem along the way. Health-Esteem is not a one day accomplishment. Finding it and maintaining it are a lifelong journey; a journey of joy, self-discovery, self-love and incredible accomplishments. Let me tell you a little bit about my journey.