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The Sickness

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

I was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2010. That was and still is, a daily struggle in itself but then, unfortunately it also caused me to develop Ophthalmopathy. While most of the symptoms were cured when I had my thyroid removed, it did permanently change the appearance and shape of my eyes. They weren't always as large, puffy, asymmetrical, or hyper sensitive as they are now and at times, I hated the way they'd look in certain pictures.

I had to relearn how to apply makeup to balance the difference with cosmetics that didn't contain harsh or synthetic ingredients and to use colors that enhance my eye color, not the shape. I had to wear eye masks to bed, and make sure to get my eyes examined regularly. I had to learn to love them and take special care of them.

But then I learned that green eyes make up only 2% of the population and because some are the result of a genetic mutation, green eyes are seen in all races. I do love my large peepers now. You know, the things that make us different is what makes us unique.



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