Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Year Later

A year ago, life was really rough for me. If you've read through my posts, you probably already know that I got the bad news about hyperthyroidism on Christmas Eve. After doing a bit of research, I was fairly certain my symptoms pointed to Graves' Disease, which was confirmed shortly after. But by the time all of this happened, I had already been feeling rotten for months. By early December, 2010, I was feeling downright awful but had no idea why. Extreme dizziness, heart palpitations, and even chest pains so intense I swore my heart had stopped beating. ("Could I have a heart attack at 35?" I remember wondering.)

I want this all to be clear because now--one year later, I finally feel myself again. It's been quite a year. I'd love to sugarcoat it for you, but unfortunately, I can't. It's been one of the toughest years of my life. But now it feels worth it.

I only hope this feeling good lasts.

Why would I say that? Because the last year has been such a roller coaster. I'd have a few up days and figure the worst was over, just to be hit with more days of feeling awful again. Right when I thought I was back to normal, I had a night of hell where I was certain I was overdosing on Synthroid--only to be told by my doctor the next morning that my symptoms had nothing to do with my thyroid. Turns out I now had gallstones too. This might sound unrelated, but in fact, it's not. According to the research I conducted, if you are hypothyroid--as I had then been for months--you are more likely to have gallstones.

Ok, enough of me telling you my ups and downs. The upside is that I've had about two weeks of feeling good (the longest stretch I've had all year). The holidays are here again, and this year--though it will be low-fat and caffeine and dairy free (I chose to keep my gallbladder since I'd already lost one organ this year!), I will be able to enjoy the holidays. And that's much more than what I could say for last year.

Best wishes and happy holidays.