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      Carol, you’ve made some very valid points in discussing the “study”. My question: what about all the pessimistic, negative, mean and rotten people in this world who do not have Graves’ or any other autoimmune disease?

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        The study is very interesting. Maybe many cannot identify specific
        stressors which may have triggered GD, but I certainly can. Three of
        the people nearest and dearest to me, my husband, my son, and my aunt
        nearly died, or should have died (even our dog died) in the months
        preceding the appearance of my GD. I was optimistic and still am
        grateful for their survival. But now after 4 years and as many eye
        surgeries I am not so optimistic. I am depressed but pessism is not the
        appropriate term for what I feel. Instead I would say I have lost my
        confidence, that sense of personal power to overcome by determination.
        I have reached the point where I must learn to work smarter and not
        harder. As far as self blame goes, I have to accept responsibility for
        smoking through out the course of the eye disease. Oh well – life does
        go on – although definitely viewed and experienced by all of us.

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