WHEREAS, Thyroid eye disease (TED) is a rare, serious, and
  progressive autoimmune condition in which the body's immune
  system mistakenly attacks healthy muscle and fat tissue behind
  the eye, causing inflammation and scarring; and
         WHEREAS, People living with TED often experience
  debilitating symptoms, which may include eye bulging, double
  vision, blurred vision, pain, and facial disfigurement; the
  vision loss caused by TED may get worse over time, and in severe
  cases, blindness can occur; and
         WHEREAS, TED greatly impacts the quality of life of many
  patients, who may struggle with working, performing daily
  activities, and coping with the social, psychological, and
  financial challenges associated with the disease; and
         WHEREAS, It is estimated that 16 out of every 100,000 women
  and nearly 3 out of every 100,000 men will develop TED; although
  the exact cause of TED is not yet understood, it is known to have
  a hereditary component, and individuals who have a family member
  with TED or another autoimmune disease are at greater risk of
  developing the condition; and
         WHEREAS, TED Awareness Week was established through a
  collaboration among advocacy organizations, including the
  Autoimmune Association; through this important observance, these
  organizations are working to educate the public about TED in
  hopes that more patients have access to early treatment that can
  prevent eye damage, preserve sight, and help them to better
  manage this life-altering condition; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 87th
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby recognize November 14 to
  20, 2021, as Thyroid Eye Disease Awareness Week and encourage
  Texans to learn more about the signs and symptoms of TED.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on October 8, 2021.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate