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Just a quick note to say hi!
You deserve a big bear hug!
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.
Thank you for everything!
Welcome to our community!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope you feel better soon!
Congratulations! Time for a celebration...
Happy Birthday!
647330 tn?1232815819
01/09
You deserve a big bear hug!
We are all stars coping with this disease. As long as we stay in treatment things can only get better. I wish you the very best.
Hugs
Pat
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635711 tn?1267836461
01/09
To a Happy and Healthier new year

Cheers
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647330 tn?1232815819
01/09
Just a quick note to say hi!
Thank you Claire and I pray this year brings you nothing but the very best.
Pat
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635711 tn?1267836461
12/08
Happy New Year and many more

hugs
Elaine
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494672 tn?1254152672
12/08
Hey Claire!  Happy New Year's eve!  Hope you & your family are doing well & are looking forward to the new year.  Take care & have a great night!  Janette
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647330 tn?1232815819
12/08
Happy Holidays!
Hi Claire...I wish you the very best for the New Year too, may it be a happy and healthy one. Thank you for the compliment but that picture was taken the day I got my diagnosis last Feb., I'm at the point of swollen eyelids, bags under the eyes and the crappy double vision now. Surely what we have to look forward to can only be better. I am on *************.com too and have more recent photos posted there TEMPORARILY lol.
You have a wonderful day.
Hugs Pat
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635711 tn?1267836461
12/08
Thank you for all the compliments.  The school reunion is my favorite picture.  It was a special 35 year reunion, I was 52 .  Still can't believe it.
The lst day on the job was before decompression, eyes were just starting to bug.  
With the green background was last June before lid surgery on right eye.
I have wore glass's since I was 14.  My sight was never to bad.  I only where reading glass;s to this day.  But I had to wear prisims before decompression.
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12/08
Hi Claire!
Thanks for the note.  We had a really good Christmas here.  Lots of time with family which is wonderful for me.  My dad has lung cancer so to be able to spend time with him is priceless.  My kids (Cass-6 & Alex-4) were so hyped for Christmas that the after Christmas calm down time has begun!  I have to admit that I really enjoyed my 5 days without babysitting other kids.  I have one here now but he has been sleeping the 3.5 hours he has been here  :)   AAAHHHHHHH.

I hope you have a great day.  Take care.
Janette
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635711 tn?1267836461
12/08
It was hard to put these pictures up...I have some I refuse to look at.  This is my journey with GD.  The ups and downs of it has taken it's toll on me.  It will be 9 years next month.
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670260 tn?1231560840
12/08
My eyes aren't yet bulging but they sure do feel buggy! lol I too am still learning about graves disease and have found some very interesting info by just googling it and researching from different medical study books online. This website also has information that is helpful. Do you have any specific questions that I may be able to answer for you? I am always home and ALWAYS on my computer. just let me know if you think of anything and and I will gladly look it up for you if I myself can't answer it. We can learn together!!! I am feeling much better these days by the way although my last test revealed that my levels has shot back up from .95 to almost 3.0. I was at 3.6 when I was diagnosed and I am starting to feel the effects of it again. That coupled with pregnancy is a doozy!!!
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12/08
Hi, My eyes were starting to buldge but with lots of steroids they stopped.  The only thing that worked for me was to have a total thyroidectomy.I became allergic to the medication for Graves and was going a lot of weight from it.  I am much happier now and lost some weight.  Happy Holidays.

Sheri
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12/08

I had the flu but I had a nice Christmas anyway.  3 of our kids and their familys were by. Grandaughter and her husband and baby also. Sunday we go to Co.Springs to see another daughter and her family.  3 son's and older daughter live too far away to see...but have a webcam now....so we can visit all the time now.
I hope you had a nice Christmas too.
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635711 tn?1267836461
12/08
Happy Holidays! There are a few things you can do to stay more comfortable till you get to the cool stage.  I don't remember if I told you them or not.  Keep your head elevaded  while laying down.  Sooth your eyes with warm wet cloth through out the day.  Use frozen packs of peas or corn  on eyes to keep swelling down.  Stay out of moving air.  Wear dark glasses even in bright lights.  Coat around eyes with patrolium jelly before bed, so they are not so raw in the AM. Wear night mask to bed and while napping.  You may have to tape eyes closed.  Wear an eye patch to help with double vision.  And always use lubricating eye drops.
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647330 tn?1232815819
12/08
Happy Holidays!
Hi Clair
My TED is still with me and I also have double vision. Nothing can be done with my eyes until my levels are inline for 6 months and my endo is still adjusting my methimazole to reach those levels,  TSH (2.0). After a year or so and RAI, I will be able to have surgery on the eye muscle to take away the double vision.
Good luck to you
Pat
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166630 tn?1224780719
12/08
I do not have bulgy eyes. Although my paretns say that they did come out a little, nothing that had an effect on my vision or bothersome. Sometimes i did feel like i had trouble closing my eyelids all the way but it wasnt that bad. Currently i am on no medication. I have to check my lvls again.

Good luck
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494672 tn?1254152672
12/08
Happy Holidays!
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12/08
The bulgy eyes were gone right away.  It took about a month for all swelling and black eyes to be gone.  I had a numbness( like when you come from the dentist) on cheeks and upper lip.  The cheeks gradually faded over about a year.  It has been almost 4 years and I still have a little tingling above lip.  I hardly notice it now.  But that is a small price to pay to get rid of the bulgy eyes and double vision that drove me crazy.
I can go out in the sunshine and feel a breeze on my face with out my eyes hurting and watering like mad.  They still water now and then but not half as much.  I still don't look like me.  I am looking better I guess.
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635711 tn?1267836461
12/08
Just a quick note to say hi!  Here are a few pictures of my journey. Just to give you a gereral idea
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12/08

You will be just fine ....just stay as stress free as you can and learn all you can about this disease.
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