Because “staying positive!” is not always a thing.
If you have an autoimmune disease, you already know that dealing with it everyday can be exhausting and complicated.
A quick note: An autoimmune disease is one characterized by the body’s immune system attacking its own healthy cells. There are over 100 of them, including type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
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One of the most challenging parts of living with one (or more) of these diseases is the general lack of awareness of where they come from and how they’re managed.
Collectively speaking, autoimmune diseases are a pretty common thing. But individually, each disease is relatively rare and it’s difficult to get good statistics on them.
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So, tell us: What do you wish people knew about what life with an autoimmune disease is actually like?
On average, it takes about four years and countless trips to the doctor to receive the right diagnosis, because autoimmune diseases initially show up with vague symptoms.
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Maybe you wish more people understood that living with your autoimmune disease is like having an additional full-time job.
One in which no vacation days are granted.
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