“I am tired...all the time. I grew up hearing words like floja and flaca vaga, Spanish for ‘lazy’ and ‘skinny slacker.’ I have always tried to work as hard as everyone around me, and that makes me feel extremely tired and, for some strange reason, sad.
During my pregnancy, the symptoms worsened. I was not only feeling exhausted all the time, but my hair started falling out excessively and I started feeling depressed because I couldn't find the energy to do simple daily tasks. By my second trimester I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I learned that women with thyroid dysfunction had double the risk of miscarriage, so my doctor prescribed me with medication that would help with my pregnancy. Luckily I didn't lose my baby and now have a beautiful baby girl.
Some time after delivering my daughter and some more blood tests, I found out that I have something called Hashimoto thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that I probably had my entire life without knowing.
After learning about my condition, I don't see myself as lazy anymore; I now like to think that I am a warrior. I'm not taking medications at the moment because I have to wait until next year to get my health insurance back, but I somehow find the energy to care for my daughter and play with her every day. She gives me strength I need.”