Thirty-Fifth Entry: Thyroid Literary Contest – Three Words of Encouragement
NO MATTER WHAT: SMILE!!!
Hi, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease & hyperthyroidism in March of 2009 when my eyes were noticably protruding, but unfortunately it was later than my drs liked finding out, so there have been more complications. They tried steroids, radioactive iodine treatment, adjusting & changing my meds but nothing worked.
Unfortunately my heart wasn’t in that good enough shape for surgery, but my condition was worsening so my drs were forced to move forward with removing my thyroid fully. Right before surgery I had a mild heart attack so I was required to stay in the hospital until my thyroid surgery.
That, however, didn’t help either, then my eyes proceeded to cross, so now I have constant double vision along with hypothyroidism & have been living with those now for the past 2+ years & am super-sensitive to any kind of lights or wind or low temperatures. I had two decompression surgeries just last year, which were kinda rough on me & required overnight stay & this year hopefully am expecting to finish the remaining 4-5, though they have already postponed the first one which was supposed to be this month to May.
Long story short lol, I am very happy & content with my life & within myself so I really can’t complain. Without getting sick in the first place, I may have never known my true value & purpose in life & for that I am grateful 😀
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