March is Autoimmune Awareness Month

It’s hard to believe I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease call Lupus over 17 years ago. The years went by fast and slow at the same time. Over the past 17 years I felt like my health has been mostly out of my control on a every day basis due to this disease. The constant pain both mentally and physically has taken a toll on me. I try to live my life in a positive way not dwelling on my short comings. The good days I do have I use it to spread awareness and to provide some joy with my Butterfly Boxes. However some days when it gets to be too much, I say F*** positivity, today I need a break from this disease it’s too much. If you have been living with an autoimmune you get what I am trying to say.

Being in service to others when I can is one of the things that has helped me and for that I am grateful.

If you don’t live with an autoimmune and have no idea of what it is, here is a little snapshot to bring awareness to autoimmune diseases.

What is an autoimmune disease?

A healthy immune system defends the body against disease and infection. But if the immune system malfunctions, it mistakenly attacks healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This is called autoimmune disease, these attacks can affect any part of the body, weakening bodily function and even turning life-threatening.

How many autoimmune disease are there?

Here are about 100 known autoimmune disease. Many diseases of the immune system, also known as autoimmune diseases, are more common in women than in men. 1 in 12 people are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

Here are a few of the more common ones.

  1. Lupus
  2. Multiple Sclerosis
  3. Endometriosis
  4. Celiac Disease
  5. Type 1 Diabetes

What can I do if you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?

  1. Be a great advocate for yourself
  2. Find a good team of doctors who listens to you.
  3. Question your doctors choice of medication. Make sure you know the long term side effects.
  4. Get involved in a support group. Its good to have people in your life that understands what you are going through.
  5. Eat healthy food and get enough rest.
  6. Listen to your body it’s important.

For more information – womenshealth.gov and lupus.org

Continuing to spread awareness.

Gillian, Hugs

 

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