Celebrity Thyroid Patients

Famous People with Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Cancer, Graves' Disease

Oprah Winfrey

America's famous daytime diva Oprah Winfrey announced she was struggling with thyroid disease
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A number of celebrities have thyroid conditions. Take a look at some of the most famous thyroid sufferers from the worlds of entertainment, politics and sports.

America's famous daytime diva Oprah Winfrey announced in the Fall of 2007 that she was struggling with thyroid disease.

Winfrey discussed her thyroid problem in her magazine, and on her television program, generating a great deal of controversy based on the metaphysical, non-medical approach she followed and endorsed. Follow Oprah Winfrey's thyroid condition in the news here.

Hillary Clinton

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Former first lady, Senator and Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her medical records in July of 2015, indicating that she was being treated for hypothyroidism.

Interestingly, Clinton's medical report indicated that her doctor had prescribed not the most common hypothyroidism, the thyroid drug levothyroxine, but instead, a natural desiccated thyroid drug, Armour Thyroid. Learn more about Hillary Clinton's thyroid condition here

Bernie Sanders

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a contender for the 2016 Democractic presidential nomination, released his medical records in January of 2016. According to his physician, Sanders is in very good health, and being treated for hypothyroidism.

Senator Sanders' medical report indicated that he is being treated with levothyroxine -- the most common prescription drug treatment, for his underactive thyroid. Learn more about Senator Sanders' thyroid condition here. 

Gina Rodriguez

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Gina Rodriguez, star of Jane the Virgin was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age 19.

Rodriguez then discovered, ten years later at age 29, that the cause of her hypothyroidism was Hashimoto's disease. Learn more about her situation now.

Jillian Michaels

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Fitness expert Jillian Michaels has said that she battles thyroid problems.

Fitness expert Jillian Michaels -- known for being one of the trainers on "The Biggest Loser" -- reportedly has struggled with thyroid and weight problems.

Rod Stewart

Rocker Rod Stewart had thyroid nodules, which required surgery on the gland.
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Rocker Rod Stewart had thyroid nodules, which required surgery on the gland.

Stewart's nodules were determined to be benign, not cancerous, and did not permanently interfere with his singing career.

Sofia Vergara

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ABC's "Modern Family" features actress Sofia Vergara, a thyroid cancer survivor.

Actress Sofia Vergara successfully battled thyroid cancer in 2002, and has gone on to star as Gloria in the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family." Vergara told Parade magazine, "I've been through it all, so I don't take life's little dramas too seriously. I say, don't sweat the small stuff, because there's bigger stuff that can really make you sweat."

Missy Elliott

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Rapper Missy Elliott was diagnosed with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism in 2008.

In her 2011 VH1 Inside the Music profile and a People magazine interview, hip-hop star Missy Elliott publicly discussed her 2008 diagnosis with Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism. According to rapper Elliot, "...it really hasn't slowed me down at all....I feel great."

Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert has struggled with thyroid cancer.
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The late film critic Roger Ebert struggled with thyroid cancer.

Ebert, best known for his thumbs up/thumbs down ratings of films, has had several bouts of the rare cancer.

Kelly Osbourne

Reality tv personality and singer Kelly Osbourne has a thyroid problem
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Reality TV personality and singer Kelly Osbourne -- daughter of reality TV's Sharon Osbourne and her rocker husband Ozzy -- struggles with thyroid problems.

Kelly has attributed her weight fluctuations her thyroid condition.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina

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The Argentine government announced in December of 2011 that is president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, was suffering from papillary thyroid cancer.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina, was diagnosed in December of 2011 with papillary thyroid carcinoma, the most common form of thyroid cancer. This type of cancer, when caught before it has spread, as it is in Fernandez's case, has a 20-year survival rate of 99% after treatment. Treatment is typically surgery to remove the gland. Read more on President Fernandez and her thyroid cancer.

Kim Cattrall

Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall has Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid condition
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Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall has Hashimoto's disease.

In an interview, Cattrall once said she comes to the About.com site for information.

Brooke Burke-Charvet

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Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2012.

Brooke Burke-Charvet, co-host of "Dancing With the Stars," announced in November of 2012 that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The 41-year-old mother of four revealed how a thyroid nodule had been detected, but she delayed followup evaluation. After various tests and a fine needle aspiration biopsy, the diagnosis of thyroid cancer was confirmed. Read my Open Letter to Brooke Burke-Charvet And all Newly Diagnosed Thyroid Patients.

Nia Vardalos

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"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos suffers from a thyroid condition.

Actress Nia Vardalos, a thyroid sufferer, was able to lose 40 pounds between her popular breakout film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," and her 2009 release, "My Life in Ruins."

Tipper Gore

Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, had a thyroid tumor.
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Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, had a thyroid tumor.

The tumor was benign, but half of Gore's thyroid was removed in late 1999.

George and Barbara Bush

George and Barbara Bush had thyroid problems, the autoimmune Graves' disease.
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Former President George Bush, and former first lady Barbara Bush, both suffered from thyroid disease.

The First Couple both were diagnosed with Graves' disease while President Bush was in office.

Kim Alexis

Kim Alexis, model, has thyroid disease
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The former model announced that she suffers from thyroid problems.

Alexis has said in interviews that a healthy diet and exercise helped her get rid of the weight she gained after she became hypothyroid.

Catherine Bell

Actress Catherine Bell is a thyroid cancer survivor.
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Actress Catherine Bell (JAG, Army Wives, The Good Witch) is a thyroid cancer survivor.

In addition to her acting, Bell, an activist for the Church of Scientology, has also been a spokesperson for the Thyroid Cancer Survivor's Association.

Gena Lee Nolin

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Actress Gena Lee Nolin, of Baywatch fame, was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and hypothyroidism in 2008.

Actress and model Gena Lee Nolin, who starred on the hit television series "Baywatch," went through fatigue, weight gain, and other issues in each of her pregnancies, and was told she had post-partum depression. Nolin was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and hypothyroidism in 2008, and in 2011, Nolin publicly announced her ​committment to work to positively raise worldwide thyroid awareness.

Angie Everhart

Actress/model Angie Everhart is a thyroid cancer survivor. Katiecouric.com

Superstar model/actress Angie Everhart was diagnosed with a stage 1 thyroid cancer, had surgery, and is now cancer-free, and "feeling great on Armour Thyroid."

Her story: She was having shoulder pain and sleep problems, so her doctor ordered an MRI, and they found a cancerous mass in her thyroid. It was a stage 1 thyroid cancer. She had surgery -- note, you can see a faint scar in her photo -- and thankfully, now she's cancer free.

She is, however, making it a mission to help raise awareness of thyroid cancer.

She is on thyroid hormone replacement medication -- she told Katie Couric that she was started on other medication

Said Everhart:

When they first gave it to me, I was falling asleep at stoplights. It was awful. And then, my hair started to fall out -- big clumps of my hair.

According to Everhart, "you have to figure out what your cocktail is." She is now taking Armour Thyroid, and said "I'm hoping that this is going to be a good level that I'm on. And I feel great."

You can see the video clip where Angie Everhart talks to Katie Couric about her thyroid cancer here.

Joe Piscopo

Joe Piscopo, a Famous Celebrity with Thyroid Cancer
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Comedian and actor Joe Piscopo suffered from thyroid cancer.

Piscopo is a long-term thyroid cancer survivor -- his thyroid cancer was diagnosed in the 1990s.

Mary-Louise Parker

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Mary-Louise Parker, star of "Weeds" and "West Wing," has hypothyroidism.

According to the New York Post, Mary-Louise Parker, 44, “has been treated for an underactive thyroid for years.”

Linda Ronstadt

Singer Linda Ronstadt has struggled with an underactive thyroid for a number of years.
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Linda Ronstadt has struggled with an underactive thyroid for a number of years, and subsequently was also diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The singer has faced media criticism over public statements she's made, blaming them on her thyroid problems.

Gail Devers -- Olympic Athlete

Olympic medalist Gail Devers suffered from the thyroid condition known as Graves' disease.
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Olympic medalist Gail Devers suffered from Graves' disease.

Devers almost had to abandon her athletic career due to her thyroid problem. Graves' disease caused her to lose excessive weight and muscle.

Learn more about Gail Dever's thyroid challenges now.

Dan Snyder

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Redskins' owner Dan Snyder is a thyroid cancer survivor.

Billionaire Redskins owner and entertainment entrepreneur Dan Snyder has successfully battled [link url=http://thyroid.about.com/od/thyroidcancer/a/neckcheck.htm]thyroid cancer[/link].

Toni Childs

Singer Toni Childs is in remission from Graves' disease.
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Singer Toni Childs is in remission from Graves' disease.

Pop singer/songwriter [link url=http://www.tonichilds.com]Toni Childs[/link] dropped out of the music scene for nearly a decade to cope with her Graves' disease. Now in her 40s, she is returning to recording and performing.

Katee Sackhoff

"24" Actress Katee Sackhoff is a Thyroid Cancer Survivor. Jemal Countess, Getty Images Entertainment

Actress Katee Sackhoff was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer in 2009.

Katee Sackhoff is best known for playing Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica," and as "Dana Walsh" on the Fox series "24."

Sackoff told the New York Post: "Luckily, for me, I had one of the most curable forms of it. Once the surgery was done to remove my thyroid, I took nine months off." In January of 2010, USA Weekend wrote: "She recently had a one-year check-up, which showed no signs of cancer, but not all of her scars have healed. 'It was the scariest thing I've ever been through,' she says. 'I'm still in therapy trying to get over it.'"

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