Graves Disease

Autoimmune Disease. Because the only thing strong enough to kick my butt is me.

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Graves Disease

Graves Disease and Anxiety

It’s been my experience that Graves Disease and Anxiety go hand in hand. Most doctors don’t prepare us for this or even acknowledge it. It’s the old, ‘Your levels are normal so Graves can’t be causing it’ thing. That always confuses me. They tell us that even when we get our levels under control or […]

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Graves Disease

Graves Disease And Stress

Autoimmune Disease occurs when our immune system produces antibodies that attack our body’s own tissue. It’s not always clear what causes the immune system to misfire. But there does seem to be a direct correlation between Graves Disease and stress. When I look back over the five or so years prior to noticing symptoms of […]

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Graves Disease

How I’m Coping With Perimenopause And Graves Disease

For my fellow Gravesters that are of a certain age, do you find it hard to decipher whether what you’re feeling is related to Perimenopause or Graves Disease? I’ll be 48 this year. Overall I’ve been feeling pretty good since my thyroidectomy. Except for random spells of night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, bloating and periods […]

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Thyroid Eye Disease

Things I’ve Learned About Graves Disease

I think one of the most frustrating things about Graves, is that our lab results hardly ever match the way we feel. We’ve all had our doctor tell us that everything is ‘within normal range’ when, of course we’re feeling anything but normal. I think this was my first clue that Graves wasn’t only affecting […]

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Graves Disease

Graves Rage And Other Mood Swings

For most of my life, I think people would have described me as kind, caring and annoyingly cheerful. I’ve been given nicknames like Snow White and Mary Poppins, and I always felt like those were pretty accurate comparisons. But, thanks to graves rage and other mood swings, I know that people’s opinions of me changed. […]

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Thyroid Eye Disease

I Have Thyroid Eye Disease

So last June (June 2017) I had my thyroid removed. One doctor told me it would be at least a year before I’d feel normal again. Another said that I might have to get used to a ‘new normal’. Have you heard of this? This ‘new normal’. I’m not a fan. But that’s a story […]

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Thyroid Eye Disease

When I Was Told That I Have Graves Disease

I didn’t know what an autoimmune disease was until I was told that I have Graves Disease.  I didn’t know a body could get so confused that it would start attacking perfectly good organs. A few years ago I was feeling really crummy.  I was sweating a lot.  A LOT.  My heart raced for no […]

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