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Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's thyroiditis has many names, but at its root, it is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid. The disorder causes the body's immune system to produce antibodies that attack thyroid tissue and eventually destroy the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism, or the underproduction of thyroid hormone. Emily was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in February 2019 after many frustrating years of feeling "off" and health care providers not knowing what was wrong or what to do. Whenever she would explain her symptoms (weight gain, depression, lack of energy/fatigue, swelling/bloating), they would be chalked up to things like being a mom, slowing metabolism, or hormones. It wasn't until her OBGYN did a routine thyroid exam and remarked that her thyroid (a small butterfly...

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