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T1 Diabetes

Cindy, age 49, Sacramento, California, USA, Type 1 Diabetes Getting diagnosed I was sick a lot as a kid and I was on antibiotics a ton as a result. I got pneumonia like every other year until I was thirteen, and I got strep throat at least twice every year (if not three or four times!). I almost died of influenza when...

Connective Tissue Disease

Gina, age 38, Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, mixed connective tissue disease Low-Level Symptoms in Early Life Around age 9 or 10, I vividly remember waiting at the bus stop, and my hands started turning purple. I remember looking at the other kids, and their hands weren’t purple. I told my parents, but I guess it didn’t seem that severe - they didn’t think...

Spondyloarthropathy

Mark, age 28, Melbourne, Australia, Spondyloarthropathy with Enthesitis Getting Diagnosed As a teenager, I was probably just as healthy as anyone else. I played basketball and tennis, and I was active pretty much every day - I could run and jump and do lots of things. As far as family history goes, my maternal grandfather had rheumatoid arthritis. When I turned 18, I...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ayesha Nauth, age 42, Brighton, United Kingdom, Rheumatoid Arthritis A Fast Fall from Youthful Health to Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis I was born in Guyana, South America, and my parents brought us over to England when I was 12. I went to school and had a perfectly good childhood. Then I went to university and was quite involved in everything going on sports...

Chron’s Disease

Billy, age 43, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, Crohn’s Disease Pre-Diagnosis So I’ve had Crohn’s disease all of my life, but I didn’t find out until I was twenty. For my whole childhood I was raised to do the whole biomedical thing, doctors and medications. But even so, I never got diagnosed. My mum remembers so many times when I was a kid...

LUPUS Autoimmune Disease

Jennifer, age 41, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, Lupus Pre-Diagnosis If you had asked me about my health history in my early thirties, I would have said very average. I suffered with a few things like seasonal allergies, sinus infections, and random viruses. I had mono as a teenager. I never had and sports injuries or accidents. My only official medical diagnosis was...

Multiple Sclerosis

Stacy, age 39, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Life Before MS Before I was diagnosed with MS I was a competitive tennis player and athlete, and I was pretty healthy growing up. I think the worst I had was mono in high school. That was it The first time I noticed any symptoms was in the spring of 2008, when I was...

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis & Bikram Yoga

Bonus interview with Katy as per Andy from Oxford’s suggestion Name - Katy Age - 28 Location - Oregon USA Diagnosis - Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Question. How old were you when you were diagnosed? Answer. 10 months old Question Can you describe the onset of symptoms? Answer. Upon waking up one morning, my mother noticed my ankles were swollen so badly she couldn't even get my shoes on....

Arthritis and Bikram Yoga

Name – Andy Age – 66 Location – Oxford UK Diagnosis – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.   Life as I Know It.   Prior to my recent diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I had lived for many years as a vegetarian. Through most of my adult life I have done walking, swimming, badminton, mainly as a social activity. Never any yoga of any sort. I just never considered yoga,...