A Positive Mindset for 2019

It’s a new year. . . the beginning of a new cycle around the sun, and an opportunity to set a resolution to be a better, stronger person than the year before.

One of the biggest lessons that Graves has taught me is that “things are what you make of them.” I always reflect on this lesson at the start of every new year since my diagnosis and recovery.

“How will I choose to live 2019?”

You can either make Graves Disease the worst experience of your life, OR you can make it the best experience of your life. The choice is really up to you.

Choosing to make it the worst experience of your life won’t get you anywhere. If anything, choosing this path will cause more stress and will likely make your symptoms worse.

I understand it may be hard to see the silver lining in Grave’s Disease, but trust me, it’s there. You just have to allow yourself to see it. For me, the silver lining was learning how strong I really am. It’s taught me to confront other challenges head on. It’s made me grateful for not being diagnosed with something worse. It was fun being able to eat “second breakfast” while it lasted. But most importantly, it’s taught me one of the biggest lessons I have ever learned in my life. . .

Acceptance.

Sometimes you have to surrender to the things you have no control over. I can never change the fact that I have Graves Disease. This is part of me. This is who I am. I’ve decided to let it be the part of me that inspires others to overcome their worries about Graves Disease. This is the part of me that is resilient, the part of me that is a fighter. This is the part of me that allows me to see things with more clarity, more perspective, than anything else I have ever seen before. This is the part of me that makes me fearless. This is the best part of me!

How will you move forward with Graves Disease in 2019? Comment below and let the world know!

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I am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

UPDATE: Better Than Ever

It’s been a while since I last posted. I really need to do a better job at keeping you guys updated. But, I’m glad that so many have stopped by to share their stories, and I’m very happy to hear that my story has made a difference.Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

You know you have Graves when…

So us Gravesters have a lot in common that we can relate to. So here’s a quick, lighthearted list of places where our Grave’s journey has probably taken us to.Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

What a year! I survived GRAVES DISEASE!

Me visiting the ruins of Tulum in Mexico back in July 2016.

I can’t believe it’s been almost one year since RAI! A year ago, I was depressed, scared, worried about how things would end up. But then one day, I said, “no mas.” (Spanish for no more.) No mas worrying. No mas letting this disease control me. There was nothing I could do but to accept Graves Disease and welcome it into my journey.Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

10 Reasons Why You Should Do Yoga If You Have Graves’ Disease

Photo: My recent visit to Jamaica.

Before you continue reading this post, please speak with your doctor prior to participating in any physical activity such as yoga. For some Gravesters, exercise may be dangerous. This is recommend only to those who have underwent thyroid ablation via RAI, thyroidectomy and are no longer experiencing hyper symptoms, or for those who are in remission.

Here are a few reasons why you should practice yoga if you have Graves’ disease.Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Yoga Saved Me

(Photo: I recently went to a yoga retreat and the highlight of my trip was doing yoga at sunrise at Wabasso Beach in Florida.)

Truth is, I’ve never been a spiritual person. Ever. And it wasn’t until I discovered my “wound” that I found my purpose: YOGA.

I know what you’re thinking – Yoga is this new-age religion in which you contort your body in all sorts of crazy ways, while praying to Hindu Gods and chanting weird stuff. I’m Catholic, no way.Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

UPDATE – Five Months Post RAI

(Photo: Kashi Ashram, Sebastian, FL.)

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but a lot has happened since. I joined the Synthroid club last time I checked in, and to date, my levels are still not within range. I have seen steady improvement, so I’m hoping that the recent increase of Synthroid will finally put me in range. I’m up to 112 MCG, (started at 88 MCG, then I was bumped up to 100 MCG).Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

POST RAI – Mission Accomplished

It’s been a while since my last update, but I had my first check-up today since the RAI treatment and I got the good news. . . I’m officially hypo! I can’t believe six weeks have come and gone. Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

Gluten-Free Cuban Black Beans Recipe & RAI Update: Day 9

Photo: Sunset at Sanibel, Florida

Today is the 9th day since I swallowed the magic little pill and it’s looking like my “thyroid dump” is at its tail end. Last night was the first decent night’s sleep since transitioning to hyper. Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

RAI Update: Day 7

Photo: Me at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

It’s been… ugh. Yesterday, I think I reached rock bottom, emotionally. I was such a mess and had RAI regrets. I don’t know if it’s the Prednisone or if I’ve transitioned into hyper again, or maybe I’m still having Propranolol withdrawls. I dunno. Prednisone side effects are very similar to Graves, then again I’m only taking 20 mg a day, so it probably IS my thyroid spewing out the last remaining hormones before it goes caput.  Regardless, it’s been a very rough ride on the emotional roller coaster. Here’s my progress between yesterday and today:Continue readingI am not a doctor and the content on this blog is not medical advice. This is simply my experience with Graves Disease, and all thoughts expressed on this blog are my opinions. Please consult a doctor if you think you have Graves Disease or prior to taking any action that may affect your outcome with Graves Disease. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.