Nearly one in eight women will develop some type of thyroid condition in their
lifetime. Despite its frequency, however, thyroid disorders are too often missed,
misdiagnosed, or mistreated. Perhaps the most glaring example of this was experienced
by 4-time Olympic sprinter and hurdler, Gail Devers, who was critically ill
for more than a year before her condition was properly diagnosed and treated.
Once the fastest woman in the world, thyroid disease slowed her down and almost
took her out. Once a champion on the track, Gail Devers is now a champion of
women's health, sharing her experiences in order to help others.
"The symptoms that I had were fatigue, depression, weight loss (I was
at my worst under 89 pounds), hair loss and there were just a wide range of
symptoms that I had."
"What I want women to know is that if you're having any of these symptoms
from fatigue, depression, weight loss, weight gain, dry hair, brittle nails.
. . just two of those symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor about having
a very simple blood test called a TSA, so you can get your life back on track
like I did."
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Created: 11/27/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.