Hey fam! In 2014 I was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease hypothyroidism, along with extreme levels of cortisol, and a depleted adrenal system. I thought I was just “tired” and overexerting myself as a college kid, when in fact my endocrine system was battling against me (so much so that I couldn’t walk up stairs to class without stopping to rest and I was sleeping 12-15 hours a day). Being told I had to quit college tennis and I couldn’t work out for 9-12 months rocked me. Not knowing when I would recover to get back to my full self (one that loved working out with friends and family) was even more of a blow.
Now 5 years later, with the help of amazing doctors, trainers, modern medicine, friends and family (and a hell of a lot of naps and sleeping) I’m able to play tennis again and train for my first half marathon. With @jhermes by my side in October for my half, I am raising money for the American Thyroid Association, which is dedicated to the advancement, research and understanding of thyroid disease and cancer. Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have a thyroid disease than men, with 1 in 8 women developing some form of thyroid disease in their lifetime (as if we didn’t have enough to deal with!) With more than 20 million Americans suffering every day, many women don’t get checked because they think they are just “tired and it’s just how we feel and we will get over it.” Help fund thyroid research while spreading awareness / knowledge about the daily battle millions of Americans go through. Lots of love and sleep,