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This is What It’s Like to Have an Illness You Can’t Beat


This article is a good read, although the correct usage is Graves or Graves’, indicating the condition is named after Sir Robert Graves, an Irish physician. Putting an apostrophe between the e & s is incorrect.

It was a sweaty morning in the last days of August 2014 and I waited, twitching, on an endocrinologist’s exam table. There was a pop! in my right elbow, so that half of my torso twisted forward at its own impulse. It’d gotten to the point where I had trouble staying seated at work. The overhead lighting, the rise and flow of chatter, the hurried thud of boots on uneven floorboards — I could feel the sensations in my teeth. I hated the way laughter broke out unexpectedly. I hated that I could feel it buzz behind my eyes after it had stopped. I hated that I needed quiet darkness to breathe, and that I didn’t understand why.

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