Being “Old” at 13: How I Learned to Live With Psoriatic Arthritis

I was constantly labeled the ‘hard’ or ‘interesting’ case and seemed to stump every doctor I visited. [5th grade through high school] My story: [Fast forward to post college] I held an IT consulting job that kept me on my…

Tinkering, Tracking, & Tweaking

Following Lilly’s Journey in discovering her autoimmune disease and struggling through diagnosis, she lends us her voice in experimental lifestyle modification and what could most help herself and the autoimmune community. –Have you seen both traditional medicine practitioners and/or integrative…

How Do You See The Invisible?

  Like heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases,  autoimmune disease is an invisible disease. –Any memorable moments while being tested?– “The most memorable and frustrating time for me was before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I was…

Autoimmune Disease as an Invisible Illness

[Summer of 2011] One morning I woke up and was paralyzed by aching throughout my entire body. Any move I made caused excruciating pain in my joints. I could not even turn over in my bed without feeling agonizing discomfort.…

The World Isn’t an Easy Place

– “How has your life changed after diagnosis?” – “Before diagnosis, I was a very active person.  Immediately after diagnosis, my life changed drastically.  My activity level decreased to the point I was basically housebound and on many days, I…