What is thyroid
Imagine... ADHD, Menopause, Bipolar and
Dementia all rolled into one! Your body is racing fast and your mind can't keep up.
The immune system attacks the thyroid which triggers the thyroid to produce an increase of hormones (energy) resulting in Hyperthyroidism.
The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and sits in the front of your neck just below the Adam's apple. It is basically the battery for your body. It regulates or plays a part in every function of the body; such as, heart rate, body temperature, kidneys and metabolism.
Welcome to Surviving Graves' Disease!
All too often Graves' disease sneaks up very quietly. The hyperthyroid symptoms slowly become worse over time as the thyroid wreaks havoc on the mind, body and soul. Isolation soon becomes our constant companion. After the thyroid is treated and the levels are within optimal range, a person then takes the journey of healing. It often takes and a lot of patience to allow the body heal and adjust back normal levels - how long depends on your personal journey with Graves' disease.
I was diagnosed in 2007 and had a total thyroidectomy in 2008. It took me a good five years to feel some sense of normalcy. Even to this day, there are days I struggle. I hope to bring some answers and support to others so they are not left so lost and confused.