Daytime talk show diva Oprah Winfrey announced her thyroid problems in 2007. Before she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, she struggled with weight gain and felt exhausted all the time.
Famous film critic Roger Ebert was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2002, and underwent many surgeries for metastatic thyroid cancer, Although he was unable to speak, he used a computer program that turned text into speech allowing him to communicate.
Roger Ebert continued as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times until his death on April 4, 2013.
TV’s toughest trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels has worked hard to manage her hypothyroidism with a healthy, active lifestyle.
Musician and singer-songwriter Rod Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. He had to re-learn how to sing after his thyroid cancer surgery.
Former President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Former President George H. W. Bush was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 1991 and was treated with radioactive iodine. His wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, was also diagnosed with Graves’ disease around the same time—interestingly enough, so was their dog Millie.
Actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos, best known for her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.