When I was twenty eight years old, I was diagnosed with Graves disease (autoimmune thyroiditis) and multiple thyroid nodules. It came as a shock to me. For almost two years I experienced inexplicably daily episodes of spasm on my feet toes, muscle weakness, brain fog (trouble formulating thoughts and accessing my memory) and fatigue.
My doctor suggested thyroidectomy since the medication I was on, didn’t seem to control or at least put at ease any of my symptoms. I still remember my visit to the general surgeon where he announced that I am inexcusably late for surgery.
He even suggested that the thyroid nodules could turn into cancer. I looked at my poor father who was completed offended by the doctor’s insensitive manner and together we rushed out of his office.