TyLeishia L. Douglass Campaign Author and Ambassador for Now You See Me, "I Am Hashimotos Unmasked"
my name is TyLeishia L. Douglass I am a strong advocate for my community. Becoming an Ambassador for my campaign NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s Unmasked” has inspired me to raise awareness about “Hashimoto’s” Thyroiditis Disease. I have Hashimoto’s and was provoked to write a book on my experience entitled, NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s Unmasked.” I was in my thirties and one day I wasn’t feeling my best. I went to a local ER at the hospital. The doctor did a basic exam, thumping on my knees, feeling for tender spots and just routine checkups. The last part of the exam the doctor felt around my neck. He said he thought he felt a little swelling about my neck, but it was nothing to worry about so, I didn’t worry about it. In 2016, I went for a follow up visit at my family doctors office. I described my symptoms to her, and that raised her eyebrow. She suggested a thyroid blood test along with other necessary tests to rule out what wasn’t the issue and rule in the underlying issue. She called a couple days later with my lab results. My diagnosis is Hypothyroidism Hashimoto’s Disease. She sat me down and talked to me about this disease. I needed and wanted to know more. I also learned that in order to manage this disease, I have to take hormonal meds for the rest of my life.
Can you imagine symptoms that may seem common? Fatigue and unexplained weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, depression, enlarged thyroid, joint stiffness, muscle weakness, puffy eyes, sensitivity to cold, slow heart rate, and swelling in extremities. These are all signs of an underactive thyroid. While there are cancerous thyroids and others that are severe and sometimes fatal, I did a survey and I was surprised at the responses I received. 96% know someone with this disease and they pass it off like it’s just a weight gain problem. They also just “Heard” the names, Thyroid and Grave’s Disease but have no clue of how it really affects those that have the disease. I also included the question, “Did you know you can ask your doctor for a thyroid test if anyone in your family has it, or if you just never had one done and would like to know that your thyroid is okay?” I was once again surprised at the responses, “No, I didn’t know because I don’t know what that disease is.” Even I didn’t know about this disease so, why was I surprised? I was compelled to talk about this as much as I can to my friends and family. My passion grew after speaking with one of my physicians who educated me on Endocrinology. They treat metabolic and hormone disorders and the treatment consists of Hormone medicine. Hormone Affects body processes by regulating the activity of the organs. This too was on my survey when asked, did their family or friends that had thyroid disease have an Endocrinologist, and 67% told me they didn’t think so or, they didn’t know.
I will be learning and sharing helpful information that comes from the Professional Members of “American Thyroid Association” (ATA) at https://www.thyroid.org and sharing my ongoing experience living with thyroiditis through my books and public speaking events. The aim is to empower, inform and commit to being a voice that speaks up and out loud on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease. Someone spoke loudly about cancer, lupus and Alzheimer’s disease and they were heard. I am here to spread the news and vow to help my local community to learn how to manage and live a life of good health. The power of knowing is the key to remaining healthy. While doctors, specialist, scientists, professors, and patients are committed to continuing to do research on understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer; I will be working with my committee and my community to continue to raise the awareness of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. We welcome you to a cause that keeps on giving. I have this disease for life so, I will talk about it for life in a positive, informative, realism, candid, public and supportive way.
“NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s Unmasked” is a group and committee that have a passion for informing and engage in raising the awareness of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease. People every age, male and female matter. We all deserve to be as healthy as possible, and be in the knower about this disease. We are dedicated and are mobilizing new audiences to join us and take actions by joining and supporting Thyroid Programs and organizations for Hashimoto’s Disease in our communities and around the world. We are striving to change the question, “Do you know about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease?” to “Help us spread the word with what you know about Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Disease." Join us as we declare and send a clear message that Hashimoto’s Kicks Rocks!”
Who first described this disease? Hashimoto Hakaru, May 5, 1881 – January 9th 1934,” was a Japanese medical scientist of the Meiji and Taishō periods. “According to Wikipedia® page last updated on October 28th 2017
· Name: Hakaru Hashimoto circa 橋本 策,
· Born: May 5th 1881,
· Where: Mie Prefecture, Japan.
· Died: January 9th 1934 (aged 52).
· Cause of death: Thyroid Fever,
· Nationality: Japanese.
· Education: Kyushu University.
· Occupation: Physician, Known for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
What is Hashimoto’s Disease? Hashimoto's thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and Hashimoto's disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed. Early on there may be no symptoms. Over time the thyroid may enlarge forming a painless goiter. Some people eventually develop hypothyroidism with its accompanying weight gain, feeling tired, constipation, depression, and general pains. After many years the thyroid typically shrinks in size. Potential complications include thyroid lymphoma.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include a family history of the condition and having another autoimmune disease. Diagnosis is confirmed with blood tests for TSH, T4, and antithyroid antibodies. Other conditions that can produce similar symptoms include Graves’ disease and nontoxic nodular goiter.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is typically treated with levothyroxine. If hypothyroidism is not present some may recommend no treatment while others may treat to try to reduce the size of the goiter. Those affected should avoid eating large amounts of iodine; however, sufficient iodine is required especially during pregnancy. Surgery is rarely required to treat the goiter.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis affects about 5% of the population at some point in their life. It typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50 and is much more common in women than men. Rates of disease appear to be increasing. It was first described by the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912. In 1957 it was recognized as an autoimmune disorder. “Wikipedia® last edited on 21 February 2018.”
To learn more on understanding thyroid disease, and for Q & A, visit American Thyroid Association by clicking on the link below.
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Although I am Ambassador raising awareness of Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease in and around my community, please take a moment to share and look at this video with Dr. Oz on Graves Disease. Thyroid in any form is really important to have knowledge on maintaining, and saving lives for a healthier you and your loved ones.
I do not own the rights to this video. This video is to inform only. This show Published on Mar 19, 2018 Wendy Williams YouTube Channel.