I was featured on the Mile After Mile running podcast, a little history about my thyroid problems mixed in. But it's really about my experiences with running the Badwater ultramarathon and double. Something different, I hope you'll enjoy it.
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I have been running ultramarathons since 1991 and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2003. After several frustrating years of suffering from fatigue and unexplained swings in my weight, clarity of thinking, energy levels, and mood, I finally found an endocrinologist in 2004 who helped me.
Soon after that, I started an informal group, a spin-off from an ultrarunning discussion list. I knew there had to be other runners out there who struggled with the same thing. When I first posted my story to the list, people came out of the woodwork.
By sharing my story, it helped all of us start a discussion about how to get the best care from physicians, who are often dismissive of our concerns because we appear to be so much healthier than the general population. Once we get treated, many of us find we feel better than ever.
I want to help other athletes who struggle with thyroid disease to minimize their suffering and get on the road to treatment as soon as possible.