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

lilybet

Female, 54 years
Natick, MA

Primary Condition
Major Depressive Disorder and 16 more
First symptom
Diagnosis
Interests
Alternative Medicine, and Relationships

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. DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ)
    First symptom
    ?
    Diagnosis
  3. Dysthymia
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
    Stopped
    Stopped Reason
    I was misdiagnosed. It was actually Major Depressive Disorder.
  4. Fibromyalgia
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  5. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  6. Genital Herpes
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  7. Hyperlipidemia
    First symptom
    ?
    Diagnosis
  8. Hypothyroidism
    First symptom
    ?
    Diagnosis
    Stopped
    Stopped Reason
    This was resolved with Lannett Levothyroxine.
  9. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  10. Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma
    First symptom
    ?
    Diagnosis
    Stopped
    Stopped Reason
    This was resolved with Radioactive iodine (I-131).
  11. Prinzmetal Angina
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  12. Reactive Depression
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  13. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  14. Thyroid Cancer
    First symptom
    ?
    Diagnosis
  15. Tinnitus
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
  16. Tobacco Addiction
    First symptom
    Diagnosis
    Undiagnosed