Identity: Rheumatoid Arthritis
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it was something that I was expecting. Both my mom and my maternal aunt had been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases many years prior. The symptoms, complications and treatments that they had struggled through were very real to me, and I had always feared that the diagnosis would become mine too.
My diagnoses and my journey
First came fibromyalgia
In 1994, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This disease would raise its ugly head periodically, and keep me down with fatigue and pain. Most of the time, I was able to keep working, but every once in a while, it would put me in the bed with debilitating fatigue and all-over pain. So, when I began having a different kind of stiffness, fatigue and pain in 2011, I began to wonder if an autoimmune disease was beginning to emerge.
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