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The Autoimmune Masquerade

Continuing Briane’s story, she gives us another perspective on college life and autoimmunity.  From her struggles, sacrifices, and positive outlook, Briane turns her story into one of inspiration and advice. –Do you have everyday struggles?– You know that feeling when you have a cold and your body is extra achy and tired because it’s using… Continue reading The Autoimmune Masquerade

patient stories, Uncategorized

Forced to Slow Down: Living with an Invisible Disease in College

Briane has fibromyalgia and is currently a UCLA student who started up a community group called You Are Not Alone. Her story chronicles the challenges of an invisible disease; if she had known about fibromyalgia earlier, perhaps she could’ve prevented the intensity. Yet, despite all the pain and cut backs from fibromyalgia, her perspective became… Continue reading Forced to Slow Down: Living with an Invisible Disease in College

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Finding Resilience in Adversity

-How has your life been since having multiple autoimmune diseases?- Like many autoimmune patients, I have my ups and downs, but I have been very fortunate to be able to lead an active life, in many senses of the word. I am able to get outside into nature almost every week, I am able to… Continue reading Finding Resilience in Adversity

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Some Men Suffer Silently

[Will on the far right] I had never heard of psoriasis previous to my diagnosis. I had no indication of the coming onset of my autoimmune disease. However, my mother is diagnosed with mild Crohn’s Disease, and I had digestion issues as a child, so there was concern as to this being an issue. My grandfather also has mild psoriasis that I… Continue reading Some Men Suffer Silently