Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez was left shocked when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.
Rodriguez, 29, found out she had a thyroid condition at 19, but she had no idea she had also been suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, in which the immune system attacks the thyroid.
Rodriguez was given the news about her condition in the middle of shooting the first episode for her new TV series Jane the Virgin, in which her character is also given unexpected news during a routine check-up.
The actress tells Entertainment Tonight, “While I was shooting the pilot, I was training for a half marathon and I went to see my holistic doctor right after the marathon was done.
“She said, ‘From your test results, let’s talk about your Hashimoto’s (disease).’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I have thyroid disease’ and she said, ‘No, no you have Hashimoto’s and to be honest, I don’t know how you’re standing right now and why you’re not asleep. I thought somebody would be bringing you here.’
“I was like, ‘I just ran a half marathon!’ She goes, ‘Aren’t you tired?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, but you get up and push forward!’ She said, ‘Aren’t you depressed?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, but mind over matter?'”