Hi! This is a great resource for Graves’ sufferers!
I’ve had Graves’ almost two years now. I’m pretty fed-up with my the way I’ve handled this problem so far. Thankfully, I’ve regained my perspective on the situation and I am trying again to be proactive in my approach.
Having this newfound strength to fight the Graves’ disease feels good. Unfortunately, I have made a stink about it, let it overpower me, sought pity and complained-A LOT. This behavior is disturbing to me but moreso to my family. They’ve been supportive through my physical and emotional ups and downs, have listened to my problems, and have tried to understand sometimes inarticulable difficulties.
Reading your postings and learning more about the disease in general has made me realize things could be a lot worse for me. I am grateful for my lesser trial-I don’t think I’d know how to deal with anything more.
My difficulty is this: how do I “rehabilitate” myself in my family’s eyes as someone who is learning to live with a chronic illness and, at the same time, let them know that my symptoms are not “imaginary” (my dad always laughs when I explain to my sisters why I need to use eye drops. I try to explain as clinically as possible (just what my eye doctor told me)w/o sounding whiney or complainy or pitiful. My dad thinks I’m making a big deal.). Now that I’ve complained so much, what do I do now? How do I regain lost ground? How do I communicate my ailments (Graves’ or medicine-related) and yet remain a strong person to them?