Hi Everyone! To make this story short, my name is Casey Arnold, and as some as you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with Graves' Disease at 16 years old. Graves Disease is an autoimmune disease where my immune system attacks my thryoid and my ability to function daily. Not to be dramatic, but the thyroid affects every single part of your body (physically and mentally) down to the inability to regulate heartrate, as well as blessing me with other autoimmune disorders. After putting it off for many years and my inability to become stable, my parents and I decided to try RAI treatment for thyroid cancer at 20 years old. I was nervous because I was a student-athlete in the middle of my sophomore year of college, far away from home, and was also terrified how this would affect my college softball career. With this decision to undergo treatment, I knew what I was instore for the rest of my life, taking medication everyday, pushing myself to become "normal" so nobody would know I had anything "wrong" with me. When you undergo RAI treatment, you are in isolation for about a week, giving me lots of time for self reflection. In doing so, I promised myself that I would continue to push myself physically, to never let anyone or anything hold me down. I decided to become a 2 sport athlete for my senior year of college, playing softball and running cross-country. After completing my collegiate career, I wasn't ready to be done with competition. I decided I wanted to compete in Spartan Races as well as eventually run a marathon. I have thus far completed all of the goals I set for myself EXCEPT for the marathon part! Now is the time for me to push my body to a new limit and complete my first marathon along with my sister. I would love to support and raise donations for the American Thyroid Association, a place that is very near to my heart and will continue to be for the rest of my life. Thank you for reading my story and please donate and support me as I attempt to run 26.2 miles on April 28th!!!!