Last night before the UW/Montana basketball game, the University of Washington announced that junior big man Shawn Kemp Jr. has been diagnosed with Graves' Disease.
According to Wikipedia, symptoms include insomnia, hand tremor, hyperactivity, hair loss, excessive sweating, shaking hands, itching, heat intolerance, weight loss despite increased appetite, diarrhea, frequent defecation, palpitations, muscle weakness, and skin warmth and moistness ... that doesn't sound pleasant ... Apparently it also has several characteristic signs like protuberance of one or both eyes, fatigue accompanied with weight loss and increased appetite, a rapid heart beat, and all-around muscular weakness. Yikes!
Apparently the condition can be treated with drugs and surgery. However, generally drugs are given first, since operating on patients with "out-of-sync" thyroids is dangerous. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for the drugs to be effective. However, once working, just like Romar said, Kemp will be back to normal.
In case you were wondering, here are a couple of notable people who were diagnosed with Graves' Disease:
So, I guess you can say that Shawn Kemp Jr. could use a little bit of slack, cheering up, and tons of support. Hopefully he comes around soon.