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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

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 reading

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 – 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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

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 reading

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.

RAI Update: Day 5

Photo: Sanibel, Florida.

Up until two days ago, this whole RAI thing was completely uneventful, with the exception of a very minor sore throat and a weird sensation on my tongue. I was questioning whether or not it was going to work on me. Then two days ago, I noticed the following kick in. I’m not sure if it’s related to the RAI or if it’s related to the Prednisone I’m taking to avoid eye complications (although I’m taking a minimal dose of only 20 mg a day for the next six weeks.) Continue reading

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.