Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is the latest star to reveal her struggle with thyroid disease. On Tuesday, talk show maven Wendy Williams said she was taking 3 weeks off from her talk show because of severe depression and fatigue caused by Graves' disease (overactive thyroid).

In an interview with SELF magazine, Rodriguez , 33, explained that she has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, an immune disorder that attacks the thyroid gland, causing hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones) -- the opposite of what Williams is diagnosed with.

The symptoms of Hashimoto's include weight gain, weakness and fatigue, hair loss, muscle aches, depression and memory loss.

The actress revealed she suffered "really debilitating panic attacks" from taking a very high dosage of her thyroid medication. She said the panic attacks resolved once her dose was lowered.

"To the core of my being, I know what it's like to feel like there is no way I can win this, so where do I even begin," she told SELF magazine. "(Hashimoto's) affects so many aspects of your life. I've had it for so many years. That rebellion of not taking care of myself can't exist anymore."

She added: “It is really important for us to be super self-aware. I wasn’t banking on that. I wasn’t like, 'hey, yeah, let me get a disease that makes me have to be super aware.' I don’t want to be super aware of myself all of the time.”

Williams, 53, suffers from the autoimmune disorder Graves' disease, which causes the thyroid to leak too much thyroid hormones leading to hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

Unlike Rodriguez, Williams takes medication to block the release of excessive thyroid hormones.

The thyroid gland secretes hormones that regulate metabolism and protein synthesis.

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  • more

    Happy she is bringing awareness!

  • Roderick2011

    Williams, who suffers from complications of years of abusing boogar sugar is now resting comfortably in a local rehab facility.

  • Torae

    I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Two years ago I miscarried twins at 6 months and after that everything was out of wack. Tired, weight gain, pain all over my body, headaches, hair shedding. I was just completely drained all the time and in pain. I went to 7 different doctors in two years and none of them could tell me what was wrong with me. I’m greatful, I finally know. Now the journey begins. Because a lot of these doctors do the bare minimum and really could care less. I have an appointment with a good doctor but will have to wait until August for my appointment. I’m just going to deal with my current doctor until August and pray for the best?????

  • justlooking

    Praying for you.

  • HalleMerry

    Didn't Wendy JUST say that she cancelled a few shows due to the flu? I'm not buying whatever lie she is selling...

  • HalleMerry

    That's exactly what I was thinking or some issue with her husband.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Yes. It went from "It's not a 5, not even a 4" to the next day having Graves Disease. Not wanting to take off work for the "FLU", now her prescription was to take off 3 weeks. She's annoying w her lies.

  • Renee26

    Sorry to read this....prayers to you

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good morning Roses!
    Grandfather is ill. I'll be in Finland for a while. Take care of yourselves and be good until I get back.

  • Renee26

    Right...I'm just going to make up something they've been fighting ever since Valentines day because he got the side piece better gifts and spent the day with her, so now Wendy just needs to make a quick getaway

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    matkustaa hyvin Ms. Vanilla

  • hottlanta

    Good morning and prayers going up. Take care of yourself.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I hope your grandfather pull through with flying colors. See you in the Rose Garden soon...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Glad you finally know what you are dealing with. Maybe there are some alternative medical treatments you can use while you wait for your appointment...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I didn't even think of this!!! This certainly could be the case...

  • hottlanta

    She needs to do a Burger King run for some real meat instead of the fake meat she has been claiming she loves so much. She is suffering from a overactive husband with his side chick. One of my girlfriends went through the same thing. Her doctor told her, her marriage was the cause of all of her health problems. She got rid of the husband and she got better. Like I said women who flash those rings as a badge of honor as if I won something at the county fair will be to embarrassed to take them off.

  • hottlanta

    Wow glad you are okay. Got fingers and heart crossed.

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  • justlooking

    Same thing happened to me. My glow been turn up extra skrong since 03

  • ?Royalty?

    You betta preach.???

  • ?Royalty?

    I'm so sorry for your loss.??? Prayers for you and your family. ??

  • JV

    "She needs to do a Burger King run for some real meat"
    A world where everything eats at Burger King:

  • Marlika

    I use to like Gina and Jane the Virgin. ??

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  • Trace da Ace

    1. Harpo...who dis woman 2. was this post to clarify or elaborate more about the disease/condition?

  • Trace da Ace

    prayers to you and your family and safe travels.

  • Trace da Ace

    my heart goes out to you, prayers for you and your family.

  • Dahl

    She annoyed me on Jane the Virgin...

  • Junkanoo

    Wendy is most likely off to rehab she's
    probably back sniffing that white stuff again. Wendy is shaped like the letter P no insult meant to the capital letter P

  • pure_rachet

    she sounded drunk.

  • pure_rachet

    When my sis dumped her dude her eczema went away.

  • pure_rachet

    I watch her daily. She has spoken on having Graves many times in the past. Ever since auntie spilled the tea. I do think her "faint" was a stunt though.

  • Mischelle

    Lol, I thought I was the only one who watched that show.

  • Torae

    Thank you!

  • Jack Blakk

    Lay off the caffeine drinks!


    So is this why she’s always saying stupid s**t

  • Jussjess25

    Auntie. Who?!?