Body Battle

One of the last things the endocrinologist asked me has haunted me, “Have your eyes always bulged?”.

More on this in a bit.

In this appointment, I found validation. Finally, someone was listening to me, knew what I was talking about, and was helping me to do something about it. They explained that my hypothyroid condition had most likely led to an autoimmune thyroid also known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. *Over time, my body saw my thyroid as an enemy because of the underactive/hypothyroidism and attacked with thyroid antibodies. Those antibodies slowly destroyed and replaced thyroid cells. This process has rendered my thyroid solely composed of thyroid antibodies instead of thyroid cells.

Definition of the word bulge as a verb in a screenshot from Merriam-Webster Online.
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Bulge. In dictionary. Retrieved March 16, 2021, from
A picture of me eating cake on my first birthday.
The Eyes Have It



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