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 TyLeishia L. Douglass Campaign Author and Ambassador for Now You See Me, "I Am Hashimotos Unmasked"  





my  name is TyLeishia L. Douglass I am a strong advocate for my community.  Becoming an Ambassador for my campaign NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s  Unmasked” has inspired me to raise awareness about “Hashimoto’s”  Thyroids Disease. 

I have Hashimoto’s and was provoked to write a book  on my experience entitled, NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s Unmasked.” I  was in my thirties and one day I wasn’t feeling my best. I went to a  local ER at the hospital. The doctor did a basic exam, thumping on my  knees, feeling for tender spots and just routine checkups. The last part  of the exam the doctor felt around my neck. He said he thought he felt a  little swelling about my neck, but it was nothing to worry about so, I  didn’t worry about it. In 2016, I went for a follow up visit at my  family doctors office. I described my symptoms to her, and that raised  her eyebrow. She suggested a thyroid blood test along with other  necessary tests to rule out what wasn’t the issue and rule in the  underlying issue. She called a couple days later with my lab results. 

My  diagnosis is Hypothyroidism Hashimoto’s Disease. She sat me down and  talked to me about this disease. I needed and wanted to know more. I  also learned that in order to manage this disease, I have to take  hormonal meds for the rest of my life. 

Can you  imagine symptoms that may seem common? Fatigue and unexplained weight  gain, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, depression, enlarged thyroid,  joint stiffness, muscle weakness, puffy eyes, sensitivity to cold, slow  heart rate, and swelling in extremities. These are all signs of an  under-active thyroid. While there are cancerous thyroids and others that  are severe and sometimes fatal, I did a survey and I was surprised at  the responses I received. 96% know someone with this disease and they  pass it off like it’s just a weight gain problem. They also just “Heard”  the names, Thyroid and Grave’s Disease but have no clue of how it  really affects those that have the disease. 

I also included the  question, “Did you know you can ask your doctor for a thyroid test if  anyone in your family has it, or if you just never had one done and  would like to know that your thyroid is okay?” I was once again  surprised at the responses, “No, I didn’t know because I don’t know what  that disease is.” Even I didn’t know about this disease so, why was I  surprised? I was compelled to talk about this as much as I can to my  friends and family. My passion grew after speaking with one of my  physicians who educated me on Endocrinology. They treat metabolic and  hormone disorders and the treatment consists of Hormone medicine.  Hormone Affects body processes by regulating the activity of the organs.  This too was on my survey when asked, did their family or friends that  had thyroid disease have an Endocrinologist, and 67% told me they didn’t  think so or, they didn’t know. 

I will be  learning and sharing helpful information that comes from the  Professional Members of “American Thyroid Association” (ATA) at   and sharing my ongoing experience living with thyroid through my  books and public speaking events. The aim is to empower, inform and  commit to being a voice that speaks up and out loud on Hashimoto’s  Thyroiditis Disease. Someone spoke loudly about cancer, lupus and  Alzheimer’s disease and they were heard. 

I am here to spread the news  and vow to help my local community to learn how to manage and live a  life of good health. The power of knowing is the key to remaining  healthy. While doctors, specialist, scientists, professors, and patients  are committed to continuing to do research on understanding,  prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid  cancer; I will be working with my committee and my community to continue  to raise the awareness of Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. We welcome you  to a cause that keeps on giving. I have this disease for life so, I will  talk about it for life in a positive, informative, realism, candid,  public and supportive way. 


“NOW  YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s Unmasked” is a group and committee that  have a passion for informing and engage in raising the awareness of  Hashimoto’s Thyroids Disease. People every age, male and female  matter. We all deserve to be as healthy as possible, and be in the  know-er about this disease. We are dedicated and are mobilizing new  audiences to join us and take actions by joining and supporting Thyroid  Programs and organizations for Hashimoto’s Disease in our communities  and around the world. 

We are striving to change the question, “Do  you know about Hashimoto’s Thyroids Disease?” to “Help us spread the  word with what you know about Hashimoto’s Thyroids Disease."  Join us as we declare and send a clear message that Hashimoto’s Kicks Rocks!” .




How Hashi's got its name and became a diagnosis


Who first described this disease? Hashimoto Hakaru, May 5, 1881 – January 9th 1934,” was a Japanese medical scientist of the Meiji and Taishō periods.  “According to Wikipedia® page last updated on October 28th 2017

· Name: Hakaru Hashimoto circa 橋本 策, 

· Born: May 5th 1881, 

· Where: Mie Prefecture, Japan. 

· Died: January 9th 1934 (aged 52). 

· Cause of death: Thyroid Fever, 

· Nationality: Japanese. 

· Education: Kyushu University. 

· Occupation: Physician, Known for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. 

What is Hashimoto’s Disease? Hashimoto's thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and Hashimoto's disease, is an autoimmune disease in which the thyroid gland is gradually destroyed. Early on there may be no symptoms. Over time the thyroid may enlarge forming a painless goiter.  Some people eventually develop hypothyroidism with its accompanying weight gain, feeling tired, constipation, depression, and general pains. After many years the thyroid typically shrinks in size. Potential complications include thyroid lymphoma.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Risk factors include a family history of the condition and having another autoimmune disease. Diagnosis is confirmed with blood tests for TSH, T4, and antithyroid antibodies. Other conditions that can produce similar symptoms include Graves’ disease and nontoxic nodular goiter.

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is typically treated with levothyroxine.  If hypothyroidism is not present some may recommend no treatment while  others may treat to try to reduce the size of the goiter. Those affected  should avoid eating large amounts of iodine; however, sufficient iodine is required especially during pregnancy. Surgery is rarely required to treat the goiter. 

Hashimoto's  thyroiditis affects about 5% of the population at some point in their  life. It typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50 and is much more  common in women than men. Rates of disease appear to be increasing. It  was first described by the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912. In 1957 it was recognized as an autoimmune disorder. “Wikipedia® last edited on 21 February 2018.”


Fighting Hasi's and Still Sexy

Not all disabilities are visible


I  can tell you that no matter what, if I am going to live, I am  going to  live sexy.  I have days and sometimes weeks of my thyroid  challenges,  but I get through it and I keep my head up high.  If you  don’t suffer  from thyroid you may not understand at times the many  symptoms thyroid  affects those that have it.  At times, it is hard to  notice some of the  symptoms.

The embarrassment sometimes behind it,  you find yourself  apologizing for things that you can normally do with  your eyes closed.   You know you can count one plus one equals two, but  at times you can’t  bring the logic of the answer around.  These  symptoms can come and go  and sometimes they want to move in forever.   You just have to let it  pass and keep it moving.  Life goes on and so  do I through it all.  It’s  important to stay motivated and have a  coping strategy that keeps you  fueled with positivity.

Oh  no, I don’t intend to allow these oddities to stop my sexy.  My  weight  comes and goes, I eat right as best I can, and get some form of   mobility for a good heart.  Yes, there are times I fall back and no   matter what I do, the tides of the symptoms roll up and over me.  The   way for me to survive it, is to get up and try again and do it sexy.    Sometimes it’s just good to take it all off and start over.  What do I   mean by that?  Sometimes I may add a little style be it to my face,   hair, or clothing but then there is that awesome natural me. This is   where I strip bare of all labels of myself and of all other things that   don’t define me.

I keep fighting to win and  that is exactly what I do and will  continue doing.  If I had anything I  could say to thyroid I’d say, “You never knew sexy until you knocked on my goiter, and now you will explore my utopia and be obedient under all I survey.”

Invisible Champion

Not  all disabilities are visible. Have your  thyroid checked. Diagnoses  could save your life. I wear my colors for  Hashimoto’s Thyroid  Awareness. Being a part of the ATA is rewarding. It  educates, helps  with manage to function and keep healthy. When the  battle of the  disease strikes a blow, you have to keep going. I fight  like a  champion. I may get knocked down sometimes, and the challenges  are  real, but knowing is growing.

 Visit my website to learn more about  Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease.  There are ways to help you cope and  information you can share with  family and friends to help them better  understand what a person that is  diagnosed with thyroid disease  experience. #ThyroidKicksRocks  

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My hashi's hair shinanigan

 In  this video I am in hair heaven! Please pardon my hoarseness as that is a  part of my thyroid.  As some of you may know, hair loss is one of the  symptoms of Hashimotos. I had taken the liberty of finally letting my  hair out and what a surprise! I have a super afro! It was coming out by  the bushels, but its a miracle. I guess you can tell how happy I am  leaning back in my desk chair loving on my hair. You know what I always  say, #ThyroidKicksRocks Yeah Baby! 

Starting All Over Again


It was a long story  how I got here.  If your hair wants to throw a tantrum, why not  create a whole new look! Yeah! I was once that Platinum Girl with that cute & sheik style!

At it's natural


2011 my hair was at it's best! I kept it trimmed and it grew back every 3 weeks! 

Before I knew


Would it had still get to it's longest stages to grow if I didn't know? More hair growth, to be continued! 



Sometimes  you may have difficulty getting a good nights rest.  You may find that  you wake up and are not able to get back to sleep. (Talk to your doctor)

**None of what is written here is given under medical advisement.  This is primarily a personal experience of the author.**  


Rheumatoid  Arthritis can be very painful with aching and inflamed joints.  This  can sometimes keep you from exercising until the pain is treated with an  anti-inflamitiant or Physical Therapy. (Talk to your doctor) 


Feeling  like you want to vomit for no reason may take place and you may need to  get treatment for this symptom.  Some doctors depending on their  recommendations for you may be to treat this symptom with a disprovable  tablet called, Zofran. (Talk to your doctor) 


This  may be due to vitamin deficiency when its not active on thyroid.  It is  important to speak with both your endocrinologist and your primary  physician. Brain fog can be annoying and may cause you to temporarily be  off focus.  Be sure to get blood tests done for antibodies and get your  levels checked for your thyroid to rule out what isn't and to get help  for what the underlying issues are. 


It  is important to eat as healthy as possible.  Hypothyroidism can cause  weight gain and other reasons as well such as not exercising, not eating  properly, some medications that you may be on. (Be sure to check with  your doctor) Seeing a nutritionist or holistic health may help so, to  see if this is right for you, speak with your doctor. 


Hair  loss or thinning is a symptom of thyroid and brittle nails.  Dry skin  also is a part o the symptom.  It is important to drink plenty of water  and have the right vitamins to help you manage these symptoms.  There  are places you can go like dermatologist, but be sure to speak with your  doctor to see what specialists they may recommend for you. 

ask your doctor


Experts (ATA) American Thyroid Association


To  learn more on understanding thyroid disease, and for Q & A, visit  American Thyroid Association by clicking on the link.  


Copyright ATA: © 2018 American Thyroid Association.



Click  on this link below, print and share with family and friends.  Want to  help spread the word that can save lives? Be a part of the campaign  today.  Email and lets shout it out loud that #ThyroidKicksRocks 

**(note: The campaign for Now You See Me, "I am Hashimotos Unmasked" is not a campaign to raise money, it is just to raise the awareness by researching, and sharing information that is publicly provided through the ATA.  The ATA has only agreed to share  its public information via email to the ambassador, TyLeishia's Now You See Me, "I am Hashimotos Unmasked" campaign )**

To  get more information on thyroid or learn how you can find a thyroid or  endocrinology doctor in your area, visit The American Thyroid  Association website at





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Understanding Autoimmune Thyroid Disease


Access  Health brings  to us According to (ATA) American Thyroid Association    women are five to eight times more likely than men to be diagnosed  with thyroid disease.   Dr. Mark Lupo, Medical Director of the Thyroid  & Endocrine Center of  Florida, discuss the diagnostic journey

(I  do not own the rights to this video. This video is for informational   purposes only. Access Health published on YouTube March 14, 2018)

Dr. Oz on Graves Disease on wendy williams show


Although  I am Ambassador raising awareness of Hashimoto's Thyroid  Disease in  and around my community, please take a moment to share and look at this  video with Dr.  Oz on Graves Disease. Thyroid in any form is really  important to have knowledge on maintaining, and saving lives for a  healthier you and your loved ones. 

(I  do not own this video or the rights to this video.  This video is for viewing purposes only). This  show  was Published on Mar 19, 2018 on Wendy Williams YouTube Channel.