I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease made up of Lupus/Myositis/Arthritis/Raynaud’s Phenomena. The doctors think I have had it since at least 3 months of age, but I was officially diagnosed in 2006 at the age of 21 after several hospital stays lasting months and losing muscle function in the trunk of my body (just one of the many problems that the flare was throwing at me). I am now on a giant list of meds, but am able to walk, eat and spend time with friends and family.
I use the experiences of my past and present to enable my future and I am studying Psychology through Liberty University's Distance Learning Program. I hope to help others deal and cope with critical and life threatening diseases because I know how important it is to have someone listen to you! That is one of the main reasons I started "Autoimmune Awareness Alliance"" on Facebook. I hope and pray that people are finding it a useful outlet for their emotions and troubles.
Thank you for giving them the chance to broaden the number of people that they are able to share their amazing stories with. Autoimmune diseases are so unrecognized and unheard of, and many of these people fight an uphill battle all of their lives.
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