I'm 22 and male and will be interning at a BB in NY this summer.
Yesterday, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis by an endocrinologist. Basically, having Hashimoto's means that my thyroid glands will slowly degrade to the point of failure. No known cause and i'll have it the rest of my life. Your thyroids are necessary for basically everything in your body, and so Hashimoto's creates the effect of being chronically fatigued and perpetually "burnt out" basically for the rest of your life if left untreated.
Hashimoto's has made me feel like shit for the last 6 months. I used to be the type of guy you'd expect working at a BB, but now I've hardly been able to go to class for about three months and have had to make a lot of lifestyle changes in order to live a normal life. The lifestyle changes have helped, but I still have probably 30% less stamina than I used to. My doctor is going to put me on artificial thyroid hormone to solve this, which should theoretically solve the problem but then again my underlying condition will only get worse over time, it's lifelong, and I'm only 22 now.
For obvious reasons, I am concerned about my career choices. Part of me feels like trying to be a banker or in finance more generally while having Hashimoto's is like trying to be a runner with an artificial leg. I believe in always focusing in on your strengths, and I am concerned that, even with treatment, the great work stamina I used to have may not be my strength going forward. It's possible that thyroid medicine will help me and plenty of people respond well to treatment, but I can't know for certain. Plenty of people end up suffering despite the medicine.
What should I do? Should I still pursue my career ambitions? Part of me thinks I should take the strengths I still have elsewhere in a field that is less demanding. I plan to have a good attitude about this and I am NOT going to give up easily in the face of a setback. Please give me the opinions that you feel are honestly the truth - I will not be offended and just want to hear opinions to help me make the best overall decision.