Jessica Hanson is a NYC-based actor, singer, yoga teacher, fitness instructor, social media manager, writer, blogger, autoimmune disease advocate, and cat lover.
Jessica was diagnosed with celiac disease over eleven years ago after experiencing unexplained symptoms for about six years. She’s been strictly gluten-free ever since and runs the blog Tasty Meditation: Tales from a Gluten-Free Kitchen (tastymeditation.com) along with the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group (meetup.com/celiac), the largest gluten-free Meetup group in the world. She was later diagnosed with Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease and within the past few years has undergone total thyroidectomy, orbital decompression surgeries, and lid surgery. Continuing on her journey with TED, Jessica is now focusing on adjusting to her new normal and speaking to the emotional side of TED. She hopes that by sharing her story she can help others feel less alone.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys making gluten-free pasta and pizza from scratch, going to the theatre, and hanging out with her cat, Lyla.
Find Jessica on Instagram @tastymeditation (instagram.com/tastymeditation)
Click here to read all of Jessica's articles on ThyroidEyeDisease.net.