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      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?

      Thanks much to all!

      Beth

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