My name is Samantha Huneycutt and I am currently 21 years old and a college student at East Carolina University studying Public Health and Sociology! I was diagnosed with Graves Disease at the ripe age of 15, after waking up one morning with a heart rate of 163! It was particularly hard because I was a track and field runner and hurdler, so workouts every day would skyrocket my heart rate into the lower 200's. I was on methimazole for a number of years, and because it slowed my metabolism but I was still consuming the same amount of food as I was when I had a fast metabolism, I gained close to 40 pounds in less than 2 months. I kept fluctuating in and out of remission until the summer of 2018. I received the radioactive iodine treatment and have been on levothyroxine ever since! In that time I raised over $500 for the GDATF for a portion of my senior high school project. I'm currently on 175 MCG (.175 MG) of my medication, and it's up so high because I am awful at remembering to take it so my lab results would always come out low. My family has a history of hypothyroidism, but it's hard to pinpoint if mine was caused by genetics because mine was originally hyper and also because the area I live in, Mooresville North Carolina has clusters of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. Just thought I'd share my story because I was particularly young to get diagnosed with a thyroid disease. I look forward to reading everyone's comments!