Grammy nominated artist reveals battle with Graves' disease
In recent weeks, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Toni Childs spoke to the media about her battle with Graves' disease.The Northern Star
reports that the musician was diagnosed with the condition in 1997. Childs told the news source that she spent 10 years learning to love herself as part of her healing process. She moved out of the limelight and onto an organic farm, where she grew her own fruit and vegetables and led a sustainable life. She believes that the chemicals found frequently in society are to blame for a number of illnesses.
During her healing period, Childs found that she was allergic to sulphates. She realised it was difficult to find various products such as shampoos that didn't contain them, so she started making her own without chemicals or known carcinogenic ingredients, according to The Central Telegraph.
"I feel like I'm getting my life back; I did not think I would be doing music again. I've felt that I'm a phoenix rising, burned down to an ash and then coming through that forest fire healthier and stronger than ever before," she told the media provider.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Graves' disease is the most common form of hyperthyroidism, occurring when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland and causes it to overproduce the hormone thyroxine.