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Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation: Patient Stories

November 2015, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Before that, I never put that much thought into the enlarged gland in my neck, which I thought was a result from my high metabolism and my vigorous physical activities. I kept telling myself, “I’ve been playing sports since I was 4 years old. I’m fine”. Last year when I noticed a visibly large lump and that my energy levels were low while doing my offseason football training in Atlanta, I made a quick phone call to my mother.

She lovingly demanded all the way from the DMV area [DC/Maryland/Virginia] to stop what I was doing and to go get a full physical. Thank goodness for urgent care facilities.