When your body attacks itself and you don’t know why? a personal story of a star ballerina beating hypothyroidism

Kathryn Morgan fights Back

At the age of 19, performing at one of the highest levels of ballet, a soloist with the New York City Ballet troupe, Kathryn Morgan found herself gaining weight, losing hair, feeling weak and exhausted.  She had no idea what was wrong.  In the competitive world of ballet, where perfection is the norm, Kathryn had to leave the dream she had worked so hard for and concentrate on getting healthy.  That’s when the situation worsened …she received the news she had a thyroid problem ― hypothyroidism was causing her symptoms. 

Because this illness weakens the muscles, Kathryn was told to stop dancing. Imagine what happens to a star ballerina when she can no longer dance.

Kathryn has explained in interviews, Ballet was her life she had no identity outside the world of dance.  It took all her time, focus and energy to be a dancer at the NYC ballet level.  When the medication did not alleviate her symptoms, she tried doctor after doctor and still felt awful.  Finally, a doctor found the correct diagnosis; she required a combination of two medicines to regulate her thyroid. 

Now she is losing and keeping the weight off, building her strength and determined to perform again.

 Keep up with Kathryn as she rebuilds her ballet career Kathryn has connected with her fans to keep motivated.  She has embraced social media and gives tips on dance techniques, beauty, leotards, auditions and much more like online ballet lessons.  Best of all, she talks bravely of her struggles, challenges and what works for her.  We admire her grace and courage – can’t wait to see her back in a professional company.  Go Kathryn.

 

Kathryn Morgan takes you through her entire battle with hypothyroidism - "what I went through, things that helped me, tips, tricks, and how you can overcome this disease if you are struggling with it. New videos every Tuesday and Friday! Foods to Avoid: http://blog.paleohacks.com/top-11-goitrogenic-foods-thyroid-health/ *Ask your doctor about Cytomel"

 

Hypo-thyroid-ism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain important hormones. 

Learn more about Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)

 
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Hypothyroidism, (Hypothyroidism) also called underactive thyroid disease, is when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone.

where is the thyroid

The thyroid gland is located in the front lower part of your neck. Hormones released by the gland travel through your bloodstream and affect nearly every part of your body, from your heart and brain, to your muscles and skin.

The thyroid controls how your body's cells use energy from food, a process called metabolism. Among other things, your metabolism affects your body’s temperature, your heartbeat, and how well you burn calories. If you don't have enough thyroid hormone, your body processes slow down. That means your body makes less energy, and your metabolism becomes sluggish.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's thyroiditis. "Thyroiditis" is an inflammation of the thyroid gland and may be caused by a viral infection. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. With Hashimoto’s, your body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland. These same antibodies will all attack the medicine prescribed to regulate the thyroid, requiring a combination of drugs.

Symptoms can include depression, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, sensitivity to cold, swelling of the thyroid gland, unexplained weight gain, difficulty losing weight.

Challenges:

It can be hard to find the right doctor to personalize treatment to your specific symptoms.  Seek a specialist with experience in treating Hashimoto and Thyroid issues.  Like with any experts you will need to do some research and find the right advice you are comfortable with.  In researching this topic we found that you should find a specialist that will work with you over the phone in conjunction with your own doctor. Here is an example of one such practice