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Graves’ Disease & Remission. How to stay there forever!


Svetla Bankova

Graves’ Disease and how to stay in remission

by Svetla Bankova

By the time you are reading this article, I hope very much that you don’t have Graves’ Disease or Hyperthyroidism anymore. I really hope that you achieved a Graves’ Disease remission, forever. This is my dearest wish. 

So how you manage to stay in remission and keep it away? Because we all know that it is just waiting around the corner to sneak back in our lives.

I personally constantly keep an eye on what’s going on with my body, even 10 years later. It’s just like a mark to remind me, that if I am not conscious enough, it may come again.

It’s not a battle, that you’ll forget about, may be until the rest of your life. It’s a constantly going war with the surrounding world about who will win first- and your health is the pledge. That’s what I have learned in the past 11 years. So, I want to share a few thoughts here:

  • Never, ever think that it’s over. Because it’s not. Unless you killed your thyroid with RAI, or surgery. Then it’s not over again, but due to other reasons. 
  • Keep the stress down, no matter what’s the price for that.
  • Want less, to have more. To climb more, carry less.
  • Instead of dealing with the consequences, invest in prevention. So said- eat healthy, exercise regularly and laugh a lot.
  • Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
  • Burn the candle at one end. Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreaks havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it’s often ignored, when we are caught in the every day life. Listen to your mother and don’t burn the candle at both ends!
  • Know that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued, even though you may not be told so every day by someone. If you don’t believe in the above, you are in a big trouble- take care of that.
  • They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same goes when you start tearing your hair out with all the frustration, grief, anxiety, and yes, stress. It’s a state of mental conditioning that is like taking that bitter pill down your throat, causing you to lose your sense of self, and worse your sanity. Just thinking about it can drive anyone off the edge. And they say that the proactive ones are already living off the edge, so be careful.
  • Know your trigger points and hot spots. Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback, tight deadlines, unmanageable kids…. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these down! Figure and work them out, because it’s not worth your health, in a long term run.
  •  Be thankful for what you have and who you are. Every day.

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 P.S. Visit my blog about Graves’ disease to share your opinion or experience, any time.