I don't know if you've ever read the blog Dear Thyroid, but if you haven't, you're in for a treat. Example: "I happen to love Halloween. Because I have Graves’ Ophthalmopathy and I’m a sphere on mini-stilts (5’4), I am a walking costume. I can go to parties, if I choose to, as a pissed off Graves’ disease patient." Hilarious. Anyway, it got us thinking about Graves -- a condition related to an overactive thyroid that causes the eyes to bulge from the sockets, used for comedic advantage by the likes of Marty Feldman and Rodney Dangerfield. A UCLA study recently looked into why the condition attacks the eye sockets. Turns out the problem isn't all the thyroid's fault, but trouble also lies with defective infection fighting T-cells (which mature in our good friend the thymus), which attack the eye tissue.
We are lucky enough to meet all kinds of inspiring people who go through all kinds of crazy with their bodies. Our new favorite person is Kristen, a girl with MRKH, Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, a rare condition which causes afflicted women to be born without a uterus, who also has a fabulous sense of humor. She created an amazing and adorable video of her hanging out with an I Heart Guts uterus plushie. You'll laugh, you'll cry as Kristen and her new BFF Uterus watch movies, read books, take a boat ride and bro down. Kristen, you are awesome, we love your spunk and hysterical video!