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Jessica Gabbard's Fundraiser:

Graves' Disease & Thyroid Awareness

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INFO ABOUT GRAVES DISEASE AND THYROID DISORDERS:

Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid has important roles to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body. Different types of thyroid disorders affect either its structure or function.

Graves' disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Although a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease is a common cause. Because thyroid hormones affect a number of different body systems, signs and symptoms associated with Graves' disease can be wide ranging and significantly influence your overall well-being. Although Graves' disease may affect anyone, it's more common among women and before the age of 40.

Right now apprx 30 million people in the US alone suffer from some type of thyroid disease, yet less than half know they even have it! There are 200 million people worldwide! So please get tested if you haven't already!!! :))

ALL DONATIONS raised will go to The Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation which is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization, and whose prime mission is to provide education and support, as well as fund research. Thank you for your time reading this and your donation :)

http://www.gdatf.org/ https://www.facebook.com/GravesDiseaseThyroidAwareness/ http://www.medicinenet.com/thyroid_disorders/article.htm http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/graves-disease/basics/definition/con-20025811

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