Isabella’s Journey: A 12 Year-Old’s Story of Graves’ Disease | oneGRAVESvoice

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Isabella’s Journey: A 12 Year-Old’s Story of Graves’ Disease

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease, and Thyroid Eye Disease. Overall I think it was very hard to go through both diseases, but I got through the worst of it. It definitely had some big impacts on my life from my initial signs and symptoms, to my diagnosis and now every day.

I used to be really into sports, gymnastics in particular. We had to come to practice more than 20 hours a week so I always had joint and back problems. We went a few times to the chiropractor but it didn’t really help at all which was unusual, but I didn’t think anything of it. I was always excited to go to practice, but then things changed and I didn’t want to go at all. I always cried every time we went. Mom decided that I should take a break from gymnastics for a while. Things started getting worse. I got sick with what we thought was a stomach virus. I didn’t eat for about a week. Every time I ate I would get sick and throw up, I was also very emotional about everything. We decided that we would go and see the doctor. We had blood work done and my TSH levels were very low and my T3 and T4 levels were high. After they looked at my levels they had diagnosed me with Graves’ Disease.

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