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lilybet
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Major Depressive Disorder
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
Rx Therapy
57 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low

lilybet

Female, 57 years
Natick, MA

Primary condition
Major Depressive Disorder and 16 more
First symptom
Diagnosis
Interests
Alternative Medicine, and Relationships
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About lilybet

I'm a freelance illustrator. Usually vibrant and energetic, I've had health issues that brought my life & career to a halt for a while and have recently done so again. I've learned to live with lupus and fibromyalgia. Depression hovers at the edges and sometimes becomes full-blown. 

Breast cancer in 2005 was devastating. In June-July 2011, I had with thyroid cancer, leading to a thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine treatment. 

Unexpectedly, I got very sick in the summer of 2012. Eventually I was diagnosed as having had viral meningitis from an enterovirus. It left me with permanent migraine-like headaches. It has ruined my life as I know it, after working so hard to improve it. The daily pain is extremely wearing.

Life is hard; I'm always rebuilding, and sometimes I get tired of it all. I've had tough but great therapy, trying to learn to handle challenges better and reduce stress so I don't feel so overwhelmed. It's not easy. I've had WAY more than my fair share.

Now, in the summer of 2013, I'm returning to Mindfulness practice in an attempt to get a handle on my severe depression because of the headache pain. I'm also going for intensive therapy... I have to find a way to enjoy life again. 

An additional source of depression is my fear of dating... I've avoided it completely because I don't believe that anyone would want me if they knew my medical history. I fear that I will spend the rest of my life alone.

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Member since: Mar 24, 2008
Last Login Nov 17, 2013

Other conditions

  1. Atypical Migraine
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  2. Breast Cancer
    Type
    Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS)
    Diagnosis
  3. Fibromyalgia
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  4. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  5. Genital Herpes
    Infected
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  6. Hyperlipidemia
    Diagnosis
  7. Hypothyroidism
    Diagnosis
  8. Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
    Diagnosis
  9. Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  10. Post-traumatic stress disorder
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  11. Prinzmetal Angina
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  12. Reactive Depression
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  13. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  14. Thyroid Cancer
    Diagnosis
    Stage at diagnosis
    Don't know
  15. Tinnitus
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  16. Tobacco Addiction
    First symptom