Hey guys and gals. Staying vague for privacy's sake. Currently AD going on 7 years now. This summer I had plans to leave AD, move from my remote unit location to use my GI bill and go to school, and join the Reserves for some job experience req's that will help me enter the civilian field of my choice, plus medical/retirement benefits. I got accepted to my top choice for school, and was well into the process of transferring into the Reserves upon my contract completion in Aug of '22. Life was looking good.
Recently that plan has gotten turned on its head.
About a month ago I asked to be seen for symptoms I had begun to experience and very long story short, I have been diagnosed with Grave's disease. Short-term treatment plans have not worked for management of the condition and it's looking like I will need surgery to remove my thyroid in the near future. Before, I wasn't terribly concerned with submitting a VA claim or anything upon my departure from AD since I had a fairly clean bill of health, but now I definitely am. This also seems like it could put me in a position to delay leaving AD for a while, and putting off moving/school by extension. Again I am currently stationed remotely, so I will need to travel by air for surgery.
I'm just here looking for some support. In my current health state, I'm definitely not at my sharpest mentally, especially since management treatment has failed. I feel like I have so many blind spots. I don't like making decisions about surgery etc. while in this mental state. I was really looking forward to leaving AD this summer and would still like to so I can move on with my life plans, but I don't want to end up in the Reserves and then have issues with filing a VA claim, getting surgery, etc. Others in my unit and command are very preoccupied with COVID mitigation, very poor morale/other internal problems, and aside from the corpsmen themselves, who've been very supportive, I'm feeling pretty alone in dealing with all of this. I just need some advice and encouragement as far as looking out for myself, because right now I don't really feel like anyone else is. And while I'm usually fairly independent I don't feel like I can right now. I really need some guidance on where to start with the whole VA filing process, documenting everything, etc., and what to watch out for.
Thanks to anyone who's been down this road and is willing to lend a hand.
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