This really resonates; as, I've been contemplating the pointlessness of pursing ever elusive beauty standards, while women suffer and die at the hands of misogynists the world over. It seems like a vacuous distraction from far more important things. While there is an undeniable connection between physiological and psychological wellness, pursuit of the beauty standard doesn't have any real connection to healthy living. Radical self-care is the way to genuine health for your whole self (mind, body, spirit).
|Symptoms include bulging eyes and goiter development.|
The more I research Graves Disease the more impossible it becomes to remember my first symptom. It feels like I've been seeking treatment, for what I thought were unrelated symptoms, for years. When my hair started falling out years ago, I was told that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome was the culprit. When I had hand tremors as a teen, it was attributed to stress and low blood sugar. Now that I have the correct diagnosis everything I experienced makes sense. Hormonal fluctuations linked to poor thyroid function can even cause hair loss. Luckily that was a one time thing for me. It fell out, I cut what was left and it grew back normally. It's amazing to me how many seemingly unrelated things were the direct result of having a "renegade thyroid" as my kid brother calls it. Now that I'm being treated, things are really looking up. Energetically I feel exactly like I did when I was 20, even though I'm still carrying extra weight. Fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a perpetually racing heart have a way of botching your workout routine. Now that I have the energy to move, I know it will fall off in no time. The major lesson I learned in all this is that I have to be an active participant in my health care. What that looks like for me is saving my lab work and seeking out second and third opinions when my intuition calls for it.
I'm focusing my energy on doing what I can to support my health. This means practicing radical self-care, meditating, trying to stay present, eating a diet that supports me, and focusing on filling my head with beautiful thoughts. I'm looking into alternative therapies, but sticking to the plan my physician devised which begins with 9 months of treatment with anti-thyroid medication. If the problem seems to correct itself, I'm all set. Sometimes a little under a year of treatment is all it takes, in other cases the thyroid needs to be annihilated chemically or surgically. I'm hoping that I don't have to make any decisions about removing any of my internal parts this early in life, but I just have to wait and see. I managed to work full-time and complete a degree with this fatigue. I can't wait to see what projects I'll be able to knockout now.
Here is a great shot of Barry from week one.
I recently discovered the existence of cat cafes. The video below is of one in Seoul. Assuming that they don't starve the cats to make sure that they approach visitors, it seems like the best idea ever.
horned melon and tell me it doesn't sound a little involved for fruit. Had I known that it is sometimes called a cucumber melon I would have at least had an inkling that the super exotic exterior was disguising an underwhelming interior, but since it was labeled otherwise, I was not prepared for the let down.
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