Jun. 24th, 2011 06:34 pm

Just opened my internet to see a news headline stating: [Missy Elliot fights Graves disease]  I find it hilarious that because she's a celebrity, they're treating it as if it's something as serious as cancer.  They refer to it as a 'condition' and state that Graves Disease affected "her motor skills and thyroid, before she suffered from symptoms like dizzy spells, lumps in the throat, mood swings, hair loss and bulging eyes."

I was diagnosed with Graves disease when i was 16 years old, and have been living with it for 10 years now, and it's really interesting, because to me, it's not a 'condition' and it's not as serious as cancer - it's just something that i have.  I was blessed in the respect that i didn't suffer from hair loss or bulging eyes (although they're things i have to watch out for)...however unlike Missy Elliot it destroyed my thyroid and i had to have it removed when i was 19, which resulted in a whole other load of problems.  Unlike Missy Elliot, i have to take medication for the rest of my life.

I find myself wondering whether anyone would want to write a news article about MY fight with Graves disease.  I somehow doubt it - i'm not famous.

It's highly unlikely that i'll be posting again before Easter (because, let's face it, i'm terrible at updating this thing!), so i just want to wish everyone and anyone who reads this entry a VERY HAPPY EASTER!

Life has been rather busy of late with my courses, but i'm still semi-enjoying them. I have a first-aid course to attend to tomorrow for work, which will be a lot of fun as i get to humiliate myself doing CPR on a dummy. I know it's important, but the last time i had to do that was in front of my form class 10 years ago (I wasn't that close to the majority of my form, as they made my life hell for the first few years)...but still, the memory is slightly tingeing my feelings about tomorrow. 

I had what was hopefully my last hospital appointment on friday, and to celebrate, i took the younger siblings to see the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' film.  Can i just step out of my closet for a moment to admit that the two major childhood loves that have continued into adulthood are the 'Turtles' and 'Thunderbirds'?  Seriously...i could watch these shows anytime, and will always watch any new releases.  So we went, and we saw...and it was cheesy as hell, and i loved it. 

Also! as Little Sister came out of school half-an-hour ago, she handed me a bag and said 'that's for you'. When i looked inside there was Dairy Milk easter egg with a home-made easter card that had been made and signed by her whole class. I just...the card makes me all teary and happy and actually good about myself, because, while i don't read with the whole class, they know me from the canteen, and as L.S' big sister, and although they all signed their names: the majority of the 17 i read with every week all wrote little comments in it for me...and that means SO much to me, i can't even say, because everytime i think about it, i get this huge smile on my face. Like this J.

Happy Easter! xxx
*Does a little dance* I had to go for blood tests today!

You go to the doctors for really bad ear ache, deafness and sore throat...and you end up with blood tests. Not bad eh? Although i feel really guilty for missing 3 days of work...but Claire's been rather cool about it all.

In other news....it still feels like i'm underwater.

See ya saturday [livejournal.com profile] akira42! Will remember to bring Black Hawk Down with me!



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