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      Everyone has to adjust to this disease in a way that suits them. I was extremely hyper and then went hypo and am back slightly hyper again and they are trying to adjust my dosages. In the middle of all this, I found my son I gave up 33 years ago and have been trying to get to know him and my daughter-in-law and grandson. I have another son who seems to think it is his lot in life to sponge off me and another (the third) who keeps telling me to throw him out! On top of all this, I have been working full time and going to school full time and have stayed on the Dean’s List with a 3.66 GPA. It can be done. I just made up my mind to do it. I found that I could write papers better early in the morning when I had more strength so I got up 45 minutes early some days to work on my papers. I also made sure I was getting enough rest and taking my vitamins and not missing my vitamins.

      Each of us has to do what is right for each individual. My way may not work for anyone else. But, whatever you decide, I’m with you kid. And by the way, I turned 52 in June, so I’m no spring chicken either!

      Mitakuye Oyasin

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        Hi Wanda

        First of all, I do not know what kind of accessibility services are available at your university’s Disability Center, but the best thing is to request a notetaker for your classes as soon as possible!! I am speaking from my own experience of working in a Disability Centre in one university. The best notetaker is the one who writes everything down and in organized point form and who is not taking the course as you are. The student/notetaker is often selective with her notes and may want to participate in class discussions; hence scanty notes for you. The best/reliable notetaker is paid (modestly). Another idea is to tape lectures, BUT you will have to ask your professors first for permission. Many do not allow that for one or another reason.

        In my case, I noticed my physical and mental health (concentration and mind fog)deteriorated, and I did not know why until I was diagnosed as having Graves. I could think clearly and concentrate better after taking PTU and informed my professors and explained why I was so behind with my courses. They gave me an extension to finish my three incomplete courses. I finished two, and one left to finish. Thank goodness for their understanding. I stress the importance that you speak with your professors before your classes begin. Say you have Graves/hyperthyroidism and explain a few symptoms that have been affecting your system and interferring with your studies. Make sure to add that your treatment is playing havoc with your concentration and causing side effects and that you and your doctor are working on the right dosage to stablilize your condition…

        However, each student decides what s/he feels best to handle the problem at the university. I wish you the best to do well in your studies and to reach your goal: the degree. I hope it is helpful for you…

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