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When the Summer Sun Means Finding Shade Because of Graves’ Disease

When most people think of summer, they probably have a different idea of how to prepare. Their lists might include flip flops, shorts and sunscreen. My list includes compression socks, long pants and calculating how much time I can spend outside.

You see, I have Graves’ disease. It’s a rare autoimmune disorder characterized by antibodies that attack and kill your thyroid. With this comes roughly 300 other symptoms that everyone with Graves’ may or may not have because it affects each one of us in almost an entirely different way. One of these symptoms is heat intolerance.

Heat intolerance means that as the temperature creeps up, the body can react with severe and debilitating symptoms. As I’ve struggled with more intense Graves’ in the last few years, I’ve discovered that my tolerance to being out in temperatures over 80 degrees is about 15 minutes.



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