Michelle Visage is opening up about taking steps to better her health.
The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge, 50, chatted with People about her battle with Hashimoto’s disease and why that diagnosis led her to remove her breast implants. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid gland.
“I feel strong and healthy and for the first time,” Visage said following the surgery. “I feel like I am doing something to regain and reclaim my life and health. I want to be here for a long time to be with my children, my husband and to see my grandchildren. And my breast implants were certainly impeding my chances of that.”
Visage, who was first diagnosed when she was 29, says the symptoms include fogginess, hair loss, fatigue and sudden weight gain (among others).
“Nothing was making sense,” she continued. “And I kept coming back to the fact that when you get implants, you sign off, and on the paperwork it says that complaints of autoimmune disorders have been reported but there is no conclusive evidence that implants cause this. It felt like they were just negating everything they have heard over and over.”
And after talking with a doctor, Visage knew her suspicions about the implants making her symptoms worse were right. “If you think about it, your immune system fights off invaders, and the biggest invaders in my body are two giant blobs of silicone,” she said. “My autoimmune disease could be triggered by these invaders. So they needed to come out.”
And now she’s thankful for realizing the need for the change, “My body was never going to heal until I got the invaders out. This is the first time in 30 years, more than half of my life, that my immune system can take a break and do what it is supposed to do.”
Read more from Visage here.