My Broken Thyroid

It has been a few months since I last posted.  Life has taken several unfortunate turns for me, but I know that my life is still blessed.  December included me accompanying my father to California to see his oldest brother who was dying.  This led to my dad being admitted for several days in the hospital in Pasadena.  Then coming back home to feel a bit better, but then fall into renal failure.  The holidays passed with him getting better in the hospital and admitted to a rehab center.  A few days after being there, he passed in his sleep.

Then a few days after his funeral, I started seeing an endocrinologist for bloodwork from December that indicated I had hyperthyroidism.  Months prior I had been experiencing extreme fatigue, weakness, hot flashes, and dizzy spells out of nowhere.  After more bloodwork and a radioactive iodine uptake test, I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease.

There is nothing wrong with my thyroid.  My body is just attacking it for no reason.

Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder.  I’m thinking it may have been triggered by either my last pregnancy or just stress.  There is a genetic component to it, but I unleashed the predisposition for it.  It will be something I have to manage for the rest of my life.  There is no cure for Grave’s, but I’m hoping to put it in remission some day.

I’m just starting this journey and the recent events have made me reevaluate life.  I don’t know too much about Grave’s.  I don’t know how much my life will be changed.  God has his plan.

Pray with me!

~Lani

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