Monday, April 21, 2014

Update -- Graves' Disease

Wow, it's been almost 2 months of no fashion blogging. I'm so sorry that I've been MIA. I wanted to update you to let you know what has been going on recently! I've been at countless doctor and hospital appointments over the last few weeks, and they finally discovered that I have Graves' Disease. I have been googling and researching more in these past few weeks than I have in my entire life. Of course I was horrified at first and read up on all of the things that could go wrong (like DEATH or not being able to speak again) buuuuuttt... I think I have accepted everything and I'm not completely freaked out anymore.

Graves' Disease is a form of hyperthyroidism. Your thyroid (which is in your neck-- I didn't even know that at first. Oops!) controls your metabolism, and your metabolism controls the amount of hormones that are circulated throughout the body. My thyroid is releasing too many hormones, causing my metabolism to be in high gear. I constantly feel as if I've just run a marathon, just by walking out to the car. When the hospital ran tests, they said that my thyroid levels are the highest they've ever seen. Clearly, the reason for my sudden weight loss, difficulty breathing, always being hot--even in 30 degree weather-- etc, is because of my metabolism and thyroid working overtime.

Anywayyyy... I'm not completely clear on everything, but apparently thyroid problems are very common. After finding out that I have Graves' Disease, I learned that 3 of my sisters have hypothyroidism, and that H's mom and her sisters all have it as well. They simply have to take medication to regulate their thyroid, but mine is basically too far gone to just take medication. I have to either have my thyroid removed surgically-- don't look up pictures, it will freak you out-- or take radio iodine pills for a period of time to kill my thyroid. With the pills however, you can't be around pregnant women or children... you're not supposed to share a bed with anyone, share utensils, towels, etc. I'm not sure exactly how long that time period is that you're not supposed to be around anyone, but if it is for longer than a week or two, I will probably opt for surgery instead.

I haven't made a decision yet, and honestly, both options freak me out for different reasons. If I have the surgery, I will literally have a gash on my neck, and then have a scar. I just took a nanny job as well, so if I take the pills, I can't be around the kids or my husband for a while. And I'm pretty needy and obsessed with my husband. ;)

I am going down to Arizona this coming weekend and meeting with a specialist down there so he can tell me more in depth what needs to happen. I'm kind of stressing about it, but I'm sure everything will be okay. If I do have the surgery, I will be having it down in Arizona... away from H, but close to both of our families, which will be nice. My doctor put me on beta blockers (pills) to help with the symptoms until we figure out what we are going to do. They are helping a bit, but not much. Oh, and my doctor told me that once I have my thyroid taken care of, I need to start working out EVERY DAY and watch what I eat, or I will gain weight quickly. Uh..... For someone who has never worked out consistently and who HATES it, this is going to be a struggle.... Haha!!

In other news, H and I are both very happy. Regardless of all of the craziness surrounding us, we are both pretty funny and make each other laugh constantly. :) We had a week break, which was so nice! We watched a ton of movies on our couch... Inception, 17 Again, The Proposal, Crazy Stupid Love, Red Eye, Mud... etc. We love watching movies, and I love making H watch chick flicks with me! ;) He started up school again today, and he loves his classes.

Thanks to all of you who read my blog still! I know that it has been almost non-existant lately, BUT I plan on getting it back to normal with my outfit posts next week! (Unless I have the surgery that week... Lol!)

Love you all so much,
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  1. Oh sorry to hear that. Will be praying along with you and hopeful that you will make the right decision and more hopeful that you can be healed. I'm a Christian and I just want to let you know that there is power in the name of Jesus to heal..if you will believe and accept that.
    k at

  2. I am so happy to hear from you again (I wish the news were better, like some weird cold or something), but it's also good to see that you have options, and a supportive H and family, sending tons of prayers your way and hoping for that everything goes fine with whatever option you pick.
    Also, did they tell you how long you have to wait to get pregnant using the pills? And about the scar, isn't it destroyed with laser, when I was told I had to have my uterus removed they said it would be a very tiny scar, as it will be destroyed with laser. (just a thought)

    Feel better Missy and enjoy some ice cream in the mean time :)


  3. Hope it all works out for you. Hang in there and its great to see you having a sunny view on all of it. *hugs*

  4. I've definitely missed your posts, but completely understand health related issues. I was just thrilled to see you posting again! I hope that whichever option you choose will allow for a speedy recovery once complete. I'll be praying for you, and hope you continue to have great support from your family through this trying time!

  5. Ah feel better! Im glad you now know whats wrong!!

    Xo, Kahana

  6. Wishing you all the best and keeping you in my thoughts! <3

  7. I'm so sorry to hear this - I hope you will feel better soon.. I know that thyroid problems are no joke!
    God bless you in your trip and decision making

  8. So glad you're getting this figured out. PLEASE lets see each other next week when you're here! Love you!

  9. Hi Vicky- Tommy and I are thinking of you! You're so right, thyroid problems are incredibly common but it doesn't make it any easier! I diagnose someone with hypothyroidism almost every two weeks... By no means am I an endocrinologist (I treat hypothyroidism and refer out for hyperthyroidism), but if you ever need a medical ear to vent to or provide reassurance, please feel free to call me. :) I empathize with how stressful making decisions in your treatment can be. I'm happy to listen and I understand that you often are unable to get all of your questions answered within a 20 minute appointment. I'd be happy to talk thyroids and fashion! Praying for you and thinking of you. I have really missed your blogging!!

  10. DANG!!! I was wondering were you disappeared to. Glad you have a diagnosis & can move forward. I hope that you pick the option BEST for your family - if you do opt for the surgery, please reach out. I'm right here to give you a hand if you need it! xoxo

  11. I'm glad you figured this out! Both options really do stink. But I wouldn't be scared of the scar from the surgery. I have a scar on my stomach and it's pretty noticeable(when wearing cropped tops, or bikinis) at first I wanted to figure out how to remove the scar, but after thinking about it I realized it's just a battle scar... every scar has a story.


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