I found this meme from the Facebook page of the Graves Disease and Thyroid Foundation page, which is also from the invisibleillnessweek.com site. I thought it was a brilliant idea, so I'm copying it here to share with all of you. Here goes!
Even when we have known a person for decades there are still things we can discover about their daily life with chronic illness. And when we learn a bit more about what something is they love to hear, or what their morning may be like, it can help us be more compassionate to all of those around us who are suffering in ways we may not have noticed.
You never know what you may have in common with others around you.
Thank you for participating and spreading the word.
30 things about my invisible illness you may not know.
1. The illness I live with is: Graves' Disease
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2005 (Nov)
3. But I had symptoms since: At least 1 year prior, maybe more
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Learning to forgive the insensitivity of others having been exposed to so much more of it through illness
5. Most people assume: there is nothing wrong with me
6. The hardest part about mornings are: the tough ones when I couldn't sleep all night
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Currently, Dr. Oz and The Doctors
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My iPad!
9. The hardest part about nights are: when my labs are off the chart in the wrong direction, I know I won't be able to sleep, when I lie down the heart palpitations/skipped beats prevent sleep altogether. I pray for normal labs.....
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. The usual suspects, that is my anti-thyroid medication + vitamins.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: don't have any expertise in this area
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: with Graves' Disease I have both because of my ongoing eye issues.
13. Regarding working and career: Tough one. Any chronic illness will change you. How people perceive you changes too, especially in the work place. There is judging without understanding.
14. People would be surprised to know: I'm stronger than you ever imagined a person could be.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: there is no cure.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:look for positive outlets to help outhers (my blog, volunteering)
17. The commercials about my illness:no commercials on Graves' Disease that I'm aware of.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Graves Disease is always in the back of my mind. It's inescapable. I've love a day where I could forget my illness altogether. Merely taking medication in the morning is a constant reminder, even when I'm feeling great.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: the notion that I would enjoy excellent health forever!
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: blogging
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: jump for joy
22. My illness has taught me: 1) everyone is suffering from something, it's just a matter of what and to what extent; 2) to care less and less about what others think of me; 3) to unconditionally love myself as I am and 4) there is a lot of ignorance and intolerance in the world.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "you don't look sick" or "just get a good night's sleep."
24. But I love it when people: phone me out of the blue to see how I'm doing.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option.
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: You are not alone.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: how judgmentgal some people can be, how compassionate others can be, and how much I had taken for granted (every day things).
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: offer to pick up chicken noodle soup and bring it to my house and to just sit with me for awhile. Two other friends offered to fly in from out of state to support me.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because:I'm helping to increase awareness of chronic illnesses.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: like you may have an invisible illness too, or you may know someone who does, or that you care enough to learn more to get all through the way #30!