Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ohio Motorcycle Event To Beat Graves Disease Put on by One Brave Lady 2013

Cincinnati Ohio Motocycle Run and Party for Graves Disease
The second Annual Graves Disease Ride and Party will be held Saturday  August 17th at Rick's Tavern and Grill located on Boymel Drive in Fairfirld Ohio.(See flyer to left)

The driving force and organizer for the event is an amazing sweet and courageous young lady Jessica Gabbard. She knows fiirst hand the difficulties this diesease can bring as she has been battling it herself.

The diease can lead to death if undiagnoses and even when it is properly diagnosed there are still many difficult symptoms to fdeal with. Just one is the pushing of the eyeballs out in a noticeable protrubing fashion. but it's not only the appearance that becomes altered , but visio can be seriously affected.

What is Graves Disease

Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that leads to overactivity of the thyriod gland called hyperthyroidism. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys health body tissue.

Without treatment, Graves' disease can lead to heart problems, weak and brittle bones, and even death. “Thyroid storm” is a very rare, life-threatening condition that can occur if overactive thyroid is not treated. An acute stress, such as trauma, surgery, or infection, usually triggers it to occur. In pregnant women, untreated disease can threaten the mother and unborn baby's health.

The eyes are particularly vulnerable to Graves' eye disease, because the autoimmune attack often targets the eye muscles and connective tissue within the eye socket. This occurs because these tissues contain proteins that appear similar to the immune system as those of the thyroid gland. Ocular symptoms can range from mild to severe; but only 10-20% of patients have sight threatening disease. Another tissue that can also be involved in the immune attack of Graves' eye disease is the skin of the shins.

Symtoms referrable to the eyes can involve double vision, sensitivity to light , protruding eyes, pressure at the eye sockets and loss of vision. Other symptoms can be pain, fatigue, and muscle weakness to name a few .

About I million people contract graves disease each year. So there is a significant number of people with this diease. On such lady is Jessica Gabbard. I had the opportunity to interivew Jessica on a wide range of subjucets about herself, the disease and the event she started last year to raise money for Graves disease awareness. 

Pleaese take some time to listen to Jessica's interview. Learn how she turned ridicule and feeling sorry for herself to self confidence, happiness and hope and making the most of every day. 

Please be sure to mark Saturday August 17 on your calender to attend the bike rally and after party. This should be quite a shindig as Jessica loves to throw a party. You can bet there will be some son's of Anarchy gear to buy or win at auction as those are some of Jennifer's firends, along with her inspiration Jimmy Kay of Two Wheel Thunder TV.

By Anthony Castelli injury accident and motorcycle lawyer