Many of you know Anita. I'm not going to post her DA account name, but she is a truly gifted fractal artist and real inspiration to me. It isn't like I want to keep her identity a secret, but the last thing she needs right now is to feel guilty over not being able to personally and individually respond to tons of well-wishes on her page. I hope you understand.
Anita has not been on DA for some weeks now. Her health has really taken a hit. She has had 3 E.R. visits in the last 4 weeks. Thyroid Storm, Atrial Fibrillation, vocal cord muscle wasting (losing her voice) and losing muscle mass in most of her muscles.
She has been diagnosed with Graves' Disease (her Thyroid gland is being attacked by her body and is producing high amounts of thyroid hormone) and it has affected numerous areas of the body, including making her heart beat irregularly and way too fast. (it depletes protein in the cells)....it's autoimmune. She has lost 26 pounds since December.
It's taken 9 months to diagnose Anita, and it didn't happen until her heart went "nuts" and they started doing some thyroid tests at the hospital. Surprisingly, her mood is OK. She is just literally too exhausted to do much. The medications are working slowly, including hearts meds, but it will be months before she reaches any sort of norm. And, when you are feeling this bad, too bad even for fractals, countless trips to countless specialists just to get diagnosed on top of almost-weekly trips to the Emergency Room really take a lot out of you.
If you pray, please pray for Anita. If you don't, do something else that you think will help. Light a candle or something. Anita's isn't the kind of person to ask a lot for herself, but I care enough for her to do it on her behalf.