Thyroid & Graves Disease...The AfterMath!

My name is Tysie Cherall and I am 37 years of age. I was diagnosed with HyperThyroid Disease when I was 18 and pregnant. I was prescribed synthroid to take. Years went on and once I had my son at the age of 19 I went under RAI also known as Radio Active Iodine it was a pill of medication you take to radio active iodine that shrinks the thyroid to help prevent it from producing more hormones, this was done in 1997.
Around 2000 my thyroid started to grow back & my medication was raised from 50mcg's to 100mcg's and then around 2007 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. My life went on I didn't let this illness stop me. I continued to live my life as if nothing was wrong. They wanted to do surgery the Orbital Decompression but I was very scared so five years later when I couldn't go anymore & my right eye was getting worse December 5, 2012 I went through with my surgery and I have to say that I don't regret it.
The aftermath of having this surgery does not have to mean the end of the world. This is your life and you have Graves/Thyroid/Hashimoto's those illnesses does not have you! You have to FIGHT you have to show this illness who is in control. One  CANNOT be weak-minded or negative when dealing with this illness. Because it feeds off of stress & negative feelings & thoughts!
I have often wondered why I have not experienced all of the things I have read about from the severe weakness that some have experienced from Graves. The only thing I have experienced was fatigue, brain fog, and heart ❤ palpitations. I have had those side effects for when I was first diagnosed I wasn't taking my meds as I should have which is something I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYONE!

I have learned that the thyroid as small as it is, is just as important as your heart because your thyroid helps control your central nervous system. It helps control your sanity so it is always important that your meds are taken at all times everyday at the same time on an empty stomach ten to twenty minutes prior to breakfast.

Living with this illness has caused a lot of other issues in my life. Due to the disfigurement of my face (eyes) I stopped going out of my house and became a homebody more than I was before. This caused me to develop anxiety and a fear of failure and a fear of life outside of my home. I am almost 38 years of age and I don't have a license as of yet due to fear. I can't drive a car due to fear and I haven't worked a job since 2007. I have not had a job in almost eight years and it doesn't bother me all that much, but I know my lack of work skills come from my anxiety and fears of life.

The things that I think about happening to me I tend to realize that they can not happen but when you are dealing with this illness and the anxiety it brings it can cause you to become a prisoner in your own home.Due to me having asthma and dealing with potassium issues causing me spasms I decided to live life from my home the best way I knew how to. I am a college graduate with a double bachelor's in Psychology and Business Leadership, and I am now working on my Master's in Education.


This is a disease that can destroy you are it can make you stronger but its up to you on how you handle it. I have come to realize that with this illness it tends to feed off of negativity & stress and I have always been a somewhat positive person and I am still this way. I can't stand being around someone who is depressed for it will annoy me so I will do whatever I can to turn that person's depression into a laugh fest. I will tell stories rather they are true or not in order to get said person to laugh. I will post silly pictures and make silly faces.

I feel that life is to short to live it sad due to a disease that you have for there is always someone somewhere that is worse off than you are... Always remember that...


~Tysie Cherall~

Published by Life of a Unique Woman