Happy Birthday To Me
This upcoming Sunday, March 13th, will be my 22nd birthday–marking almost two years of being diagnosed with Graves Disease. Funny how the average age for onset of Graves Disease is 20…like “Hey girl, Happy Birthday!” It was like being welcomed to adulthood by adding the responsibility of searching for doctors, getting poked and prodded every week for blood tests, and dealing with the horrible symptoms.
I was diagnosed at the beginning of my junior year of college after some of the worst months of my life. Everything seemed to be falling apart; my relationships, schoolwork, health, etc. That summer I had stayed down in North Carolina, where I go to school, instead of going back home in Connecticut. After realizing that I was not this miserable person I had become in the past couple of months, I scheduled my own appointment with a doctor to find out what was wrong. I basically did everything that summer, and have since to take care of my Graves Disease. Not that my family is not supportive or didn’t care about me, but they never seemed to understand what I was going through. No one did. I was not only struggling with a medical condition, but my mental/emotional state was at a definite imbalance.
Thankfully, after I started taking methimazole, my thyroid levels went back to normal. I have been off of the medicine now for about 6 months. Unfortunately, I feel like some symptoms are returning. I’ve been having more and more heart palpitations, mood swings, trouble sleeping (but more tired than normal), and a lack of concentration.
Being my senior spring semester, I do not need any of these symptoms back, or the trouble of dealing with Graves Disease and treatment again. So here is my birthday wish: Graves Disease– go away for good!
Cheers to another birthday and all those women out there who know what I’m going through. It’s nice to know I am not alone.
Written by – Karen
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