When I was diagnosed with Graves, the one thing I was not was thankful. On one hand, I was scared, confused, tired, in pain and very worried about how my life would look. On the other, I had an answer, I now knew why I was constantly feeling so sick, why my hair was falling out, why my heart would pound so hard some nights that I thought it would fly out of my chest.
I practice (daily) looking at things from a positive angle, because… why not? I say practice because it’s a muscle I work on daily, I feel like it’s human nature to go “woe is me…” or for myself, to make me into the victim, thus falling into despair and sadness. Ew.
You guys, this is OUR life - it ain’t a dress rehearsal, this is it. This moment, you reading this…this is now. We control the dialogue and that is true power. So let’s find what there is within this disease and ourselves to be grateful for, shall we?
I’ll start with three things about Graves that makes me thankful:
Thank you, Graves, for showing me that if I slow down and listen - truly listen to my body and my gut - that I do know what is going on within me. Thank you for showing me that sitting still takes practice, but it can be done.
Thank you for allowing me to become the best advocate I can be for my own health. You made me research, ask questions, and listen to what others say about how they deal with you. From this I’ve learned what works for me and my body, and I’ve learned to stand up to my medical team when I don’t agree and say so, not just hold my tongue.
Thank you for reminding me I need to put myself first.
What about Graves Disease are YOU thankful for? Share your tips with us in the comments, they may just help someone else out!