Wendy Williams made a special announcement on her talk show (The Wendy Williams Show) about taking a; “doctor’s ordered three week hiatus” due to flaring of her hyper thyroid and graves disease.
Wendy Williams handled the announcement like only a boss could, gracefully, humorously, with a touch of shade, and a beautiful smile. Wendy has been open about her thyroid and graves disease in the past, but we’ve never experienced Wendy taking a break because of it. Our prayers are with her.
Even though Wendy says she’ll be back in two weeks, her doctor recommends three, and Wendy should listen, that way we can have aunt Wendy back in full health!
Hyper Thyroid disease causes the thyroid gland located in your neck to over produce hormones, which causes your body processes to speed up causing nervousness, hand tremors, rapid heartbeat, weight loss and sleeping issues etc. Graves disease is the cause of hyper thyroids, with the same symptoms, but extending itself to more serous issues like heart failure, miscarriage, heart problems, weak bones, and death, if untreated or too far gone.
Wendy is a trooper, bringing to light this condition in a very real way helps promote awareness especially for Women who the disease effects most.
Wendy Williams’s Announcement:
EXCLUSIVE: Tanika Smith On Her Thyroid Experience
After viewing the article we wrote here at The BLACK Media Tanika L. Smith chimed in about her experience as someone living with this disease. The BLACK Media asked for an exclusive on her experience, and here’s what she had to say;
Imagine: You go to class on Tuesday, sit in the second row and can see everything perfectly clear. Two days later, you sit in the same seat but can’t see anything more than twenty feet away.
Now, imagine this: It’s the end of a long day and you’re dead tired. But you’re unable to sleep because it feels like your body is moving 100 miles an hour even though you’re lying perfectly still.
Or, Imagine this scenario: You run a comb through your hair. When done, you look down and find nearly every follicle from your head wrapped around the teeth of the styling tool.
I don’t have to imagine any of these scenarios because they are just a few of the things I endured when I first began battling thyroid disease. My illness, which began as Graves’ Disease and is now hypothyroidism due to surgical gland removal, was so severe that a doctor told me I had two weeks to make a decision. My choices? Pick one of several treatments that might keep me alive or do nothing and die.
All of that happened nearly 22 years ago. Thankfully, with the help of a great medical team, some education on the disease, one small daily pill, and a little effort on my part, I am alive and doing well today.
Wendy Williams’ recent talk of her battle against Graves’ has sparked conversation about thyroid disease. Even with all the talk, few still know what thyroid disease really is.
Thyroid disease – whether hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism – is an autoimmune disease. The disease, which can affect metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate, can passed down genetically. It can also set in after one undergoes a traumatic experience or may develop through a variety of other medical reasons.
Thyroid disease affects thousands each year. Yet, many with the disease go undiagnosed. Fortunately, simple and readily available blood tests can provide definitive answers about the cause and type of disease one is facing. Results also yield valuable information leading to improved physical health, improved mental health, and overall longevity.
Throughout the years, I have suffered a variety of symptoms while battling thyroid disease. My symptoms have included severe muscle weakness, heat intolerance, gastrointestinal distress, excessive weight loss, mood swings, sleep disturbances, elevated blood pressure, menstrual cycle disorders, hair loss, excessively dry skin, brain fog, and heart palpitations. Typically, symptoms fluctuate between mild and severe and vary depending on where on the thyroid disease spectrum one falls.
Are you concerned you may have a thyroid disorder? See your doctor soon and request a thyroid screening. A screening for thyroid disease begins with simple blood tests and not only provide insight into some of what you may be experiencing (the symptoms), but will also provide you peace of mind as you and your medical team decide on the treatment(s) that will be best for you. – Tanika L. Smith
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