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.

You know you have Grave’s when:

  • You check for a pulse to make sure your heart is beating at a regular pace
  • You’ve had to reset ALL of your password because you’ve forgotten them all
  • You’ve spent months listening to the beat of your heart
  • You know what it’s like not to sleep for days at a time
  • You know. . . The munchies!!!
  • You’ve sat in your car at 2 in the morning, with the air conditioner on full blast because your body was overheating
  • You can make donations to Leila’s Hair Museum from all the hair you’ve lost (just wait until it starts to grow back. . .)
  • You have way too many gray hairs than you should
  • Naps? Where we’re going, we don’t need naps
  • You suffered some sort of emotional trauma which likely triggered the disease
  • You can get things done with lightening speed
  • You are always on the go, go, go
  • Some people are trying to lose weight while you’re trying to gain it
  • You don’t need road rage, you’ve got THYROID RAGE
  • You know your TSH and T4 level by heart
  • You’ve had to apologize to your friends and family members for “the meanies”
  • The greatest lesson you’ve come to learn is patience
  • You’ve realized you’re stronger than you thought you could ever be
  • You’re grateful that it wasn’t something worse

Let’s keep this list going! Anything else to add?

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.

13 thoughts on “You know you have Graves when…

  • Hi Mimi!

    Hope you are doing well, I discovered your blog searching for Graves’s diseases blog… I started my blog a week ago!
    Thanks for your blog! You can read my story too…! Still working on it 🙂

    • Hi Nancy and thank you for stopping by! I will check out your blog and I wish you the best of luck. You got this!

  • I also loose things ,I have no concentration, My toenails grow at the speed of light while my Fingernails crack ,break ,split and grow unevenly

  • Hello Mimi and everyone that has written on your blog,

    I just discovered your blog while looking at graves disease on Pinterest. Everything you wrote hit home and now has me looking at this a different way. That over time I’ll come through this just like you did but in the meantime still go through the symptoms that you wrote about. I laughed and cried. The checking your pulse all the time….forgetting passwords ( this morning).
    You’ve given me hope that I haven’t had in some weeks.
    Thank you so very much.


    • Hi Daleena! It makes me so happy to hear that you found my blog helpful. I need to do a better job of keeping it updated, but your comments are inspiring. You will get through this! And you will get through this stronger and better than before!!!

  • This is exactly what I was looking for! A little lightheartedness about Graves Disease. I hope you don’t mind I shared to Facebook!

  • Great post and so cool of you to tell your story. I know it helps a lot of people because as you know when you have Graves you can feel alone trying to figure things out. I have had a crazy journey from Graves.

    • I wish you the best of luck!

  • Thank you so much for your blog!! I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease 10 years ago and I’m finally going through RAI treatment I’m so scaredddd!! But this blog has made me feel so much better I’m literally laughing with tears!! Thank you so much again

    • Hi Marissa – I’m so sorry for my delayed response! How’s RAI coming along? Would love to hear how you’re doing and how RAI has been so far. Just remember to be patient. You won’t see results overnight so hang in there. I hope to hear back from you. Sending you light and love!

  • Hi Mimi,
    I love read you and your positivity!
    I’m grateful because my thyroid is whit me even today =)
    and I’m grateful ’cause I’m writing a comic about my disease, I learned to lough about it and I would like my colleagues change the rage to a big lough =)

    I’m making your list longer with…..
    You know you have Grave’s when: you always check your eyes in the mirror….and ask to your friends if they see some differences from the last time they have seen you

    I’m sanding to you all my positivity waves and all my love!
    have a nice basedownian life!!!


    • Hi Mela! Thank you for stopping by! I agree about the eyes! I’ve asked that very same question to my family and friends so many times. I wish you the best of luck on your Graves Journey and I hope you stop by again and share your story!

  • Also edema in the lower extremities, and getting winded walking up a flught of stairs

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