Discover the shocking truth about reality star Heather Rae Young’s hidden health battle with Hashimoto’s disease. Follow her inspiring journey to recovery and resilience in the world of showbiz. You won’t believe what she overcame.
Heather Rae Young, at 36 years old, candidly shared her battle with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition that mercilessly targets the thyroid. In an interview with Today.com, she described the overwhelming exhaustion and her journey to this diagnosis.
Young vividly recollected feeling like she was “dead,” confessing that her brain and body were utterly fatigued. No amount of sleep offered respite from the relentless weariness.
So exhausted was she that she couldn’t muster the energy to participate in her reality shows, such as HGTV’s “The Flipping El Moussas,” which she stars in alongside her husband, Tarek El Moussa, as well as the immensely popular Netflix series, “Selling Sunset.”
Originally, Heather assumed her symptoms were a result of “mom brain,” attributing her fatigue to recently giving birth to her first child, Tristan, in January. Additionally, she was actively involved in raising her stepchildren, Taylor and Brayden, aged 13 and 8, respectively, who are Tarek El Moussa’s kids from his previous marriage to Christina Hall.
However, when Heather found herself struggling to produce enough milk for her newborn, she realized something more concerning might be at play. Her instincts proved correct.
Following a series of blood tests, she received a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease. This condition leads the immune system to wage an attack on the thyroid gland, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Hashimoto’s disease was the root cause of her crippling fatigue and the inability to produce sufficient breast milk, and it was triggered by her pregnancy.
Heather was genuinely taken aback by her diagnosis but has since reported that she’s “feeling much better.”
Her son Tristan faced health challenges of his own—he was born with a condition called tongue tie, which hinders optimal tongue movement. Thankfully, this issue was resolved through laser surgery, enabling him to breastfeed effectively.
Heather Rae Young acknowledged that they faced numerous obstacles, including her autoimmune disorder, but they persevered. Her announcement about the diagnosis comes after her absence from the full cast photo for “Selling Sunset” Season 7, and she hinted at a potential return to the show in a few episodes.
Her journey with Hashimoto’s disease sheds light on the hidden battles that many face, even in the glamorous world of reality television.