I was in my 40’s when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. My immune system is attacking my thyroid and I still can’t imagine how I let that happen to myself. In any case my thyroid has become damaged and cannot make enough thyroid hormones. So I take a synthetic hormone. What would happen if I didn’t take the synthetic hormone? Well if I don’t keep my thyroid hormones in check it could be serious. Possibly resulting in an enlarged heart.
Autoimmune diseases come in all kinds of shapes and sizes some are very visible others not as much. For example you can see on the skin of people with Psoriasis rashes and sores, but people who suffer from Lupus or Hashimoto’s disease don’t necessarily have any identifying marks. Even though someone with Hashimoto’s disease may gain weight and have brittle hair and nails and a swollen face. It’s something that you might not notice. Unless you’re my mother who did ask if my face was swollen before I had my blood tests.
This is a long way around explaining why in the past four months I have been very careful when I go out in public because I do have an autoimmune disease that could cause a case of Caronavirus to be extra difficult for my heart and it could make my Hashimoto’s disease worse meaning a higher level of synthetic hormones. I try and use the lowest level of synthetic hormones that I possibly can.
So, I appreciate when people wear their masks. I wear my mask when I go out and I don’t go out very often in order to keep myself safe. I don’t understand why some people are so adamantly against wearing a face mask that might keep my heart healthy. The stakes are so high. The inconvenience so minimal, I understand feeling claustrophobic with something covering my face. It’s not the most comfortable thing, but would you really want to be the one who cause my illness to get worse or heaven forbid cause my death because we had a brief encounter and you didn’t wear your mask. It just makes good sense to wear a mask. So finally, I’d like to ask everyone to respect life enough to wear a mask.