Posted 12/31/2014 1:12 PM (GMT -6)
Gibsongal, I think you may have something there. Graves disease didn't affect me that way because in my mind it was treat, pill, done. But when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis it was a big deal.
If we've been healthy and are now diagnosed with a disease which will be with us throughout our life, it changes our self-image. We have to grieve for our healthy selves before we can move on. Denial and anger stages can be really prolonged because we also have to give up the belief that we are in control of our lives.
You might want to read Kubler-Ross if you haven't done so, and maybe even consider some grief counseling short term. If you can get pasty it, you will probably be much less bothered by your health issue.