What you don’t see

There is no true way to ever be fully prepared for hard times. Finding out that you have a chronic illness and that there is no cure is enough to send anyone into hard times. I didn’t realize these hard times would shake me up and change who I was and the way I saw... Continue Reading →

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I’m fatigued not tired

When you are tired, you can get sleep and feel better. Fatigue is still there when you wake up. Fatigue is when you wake up more tired than when you went to sleep. It stays with you all day. It's lack of energy, a feeling of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. The pain never goes... Continue Reading →

The pressure to perform

The collective expectations imposed on each individual in terms of performance are extremely high. We often have an evaluation system that defines the value of people based on their level of productivity in their jobs.  "You're killing yourself for a job that would replace you within a week if you dropped dead. Take care of yourself"... Continue Reading →

Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are a challenging and often not talked about aspect of Graves or any thyroid issue. Many people find support and even skills by seeing a therapist and taking anti-depression medication. Even if you tried a therapist and it wasn't a good fit, keep looking. There are therapists that have some training in... Continue Reading →

Mental & other invisible illnesses

We often try to control all of our more negative emotions, to prevent tears from flowing, to suppress the internal depression that is so difficult to live. We try to hide our inner turmoil. It feels like it's an absolute shame to feel bad, to lack energy and motivation to function. We only want to... Continue Reading →

Parenting with chronic illness

I'm sharing the following because I know deep inside that I am not alone in this struggle. I know that there is strength in knowing that there is a lot of people out there who understands and go through the same guilt, worry and hopes. I'm always tired. I am forever falling asleep. I can't... Continue Reading →

Understanding exhaustion

Hands up if you didn't get enough restful sleep last night. I'm raising both arms. I have sleep apnea. I stop breathing 53 times an hours. Sitting in the doctor's office, I listen as he explained that even after getting treatment for sleep apnea, I might not feel rested like many of his other patient.... Continue Reading →

Punishing chronic illness sufferers is not okay

The management team at my current workplace made me feel very small. It is becoming clear to me that they view people with chronic illness has being unreliable individual who need attitude correction. What management is doing isn't helping to "correct my attitude". I don't have a bad attitude. I am sick. No matter how... Continue Reading →

My husband, my rock

My heartfelt wish for everyone is that you have one dependable friend or family member, someone who is around when the tears start and you just can't take it anymore. In my life, that person is my husband. We met through a dating website. I took 5 dates before he asked me to hold his... Continue Reading →

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