NOW YOU SEE ME “I Am Hashimoto’s 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 doctor’s 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 https://www.thyroid.org   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.  “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 hypothyroidismwith 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 Japanesephysician Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912. In 1957 it was recognized as an autoimmune disorder. “Wikipedia® last edited on 21 February 2018.”

Learn More


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.

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  


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 it’s 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! 

Hair Raising Phases



Experts (ATA) American Thyroid Association





Sometimes you may have difficulty getting a good night’s 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 it’s 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 of 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. 

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.  

Link: https://www.thyroid.org/wp-content/uploads/patients/brochures/Hashimoto_Thyroiditis.pdf 

Copyright ATA: © 2018 American Thyroid Association.





Want to help spread the word that can save lives? Be a part of the campaign today.  Email tyleishiadouglass@gmail.comand let’s 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) 

EMAIL: tyleishiadouglass@gmail (for information on how to join)



faces of thyroid come in all sexes and ages


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 www.thyroid.org



Understanding the types of thyroid



There are so many types of thyroid. Do you recognize any in this list? Get informed and help to save a life and be healthy.  

Understanding Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

 Presentation given by rheumatologist Dr. Rebecca Manno at the Johns  Hopkins Medicine A Woman's Journey conference in the Greater Washington  Area on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. 

(I do not own this video posted on youtube by Johns Hopkins Medicine. This video is for informative education viewing only)

Dr. Oz~ Graves Disease on Wendy Williams


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.