Our Story

Paisley Butterfly 13 exists to support awareness of the thyroid and thyroid health. The thyroid is a butterfly shape gland in the neck that regulates many of the body’s important functions.  Your body produces its own chemicals and uses them to control those functions; the main system that coordinates these chemicals is called the endocrine system.The thyroid is a major part of the that system.


In 2012, founder Latrece Johnson spent four days in the hospital after being diagnosed with heart failure as a result of abnormal thyroid functioning.  Mrs. Johnson suffered from various symptons of Grave’s Disease as that her thyroid and the nodules or ‘hot goiters’ attached to her thyroid continued to excrete an overproduction of thyroid hormone into her system. After successful surgery to remove the goiters and her thyroid in the summer of 2016, Mrs. Johnson manages her condition with the drug levothyroxine which replaces the thyroid hormone in her body. Through proper diet and correct medication administration, she lives a productive life.

In her search for information on Grave’s Disease, Mrs. Johnson learned that no support group existed on Alabama Gulf Coast for endocrine patients. Her experiences have led to the creation of Paisley Butterfly 13.  Paisley is taken from the cross section attributes of the thyroid. Butterfly is the general shape of the thyroid gland. 13 represents Mrs. Johnson’s first name in the Spanish Language.