Write about something you know, people were always telling me. So, with ten years experience of living with Still’s Disease, what better subject to write about when jumping on the blogging bandwagon?
The only problem is where do I start?
I guess traditionally the best place to start is at the beginning and an introduction wouldn’t hurt either, so here we go. My name is Laura, I am twenty-eight years old and live in the Northwest of England; Lancashire to be precise. I was diagnosed with Adult Onset Still’s Disease at the age of nineteen during my first admittance to an ‘adult’ hospital, having previously been treated for a similar condition, called Dermatomyositis, at the local children’s hospital from the age of fourteen.
Since then I have been through a lot thanks to this lovely disease, some of which I’ll share at a later date; but there have also been a lot of good times, ‘normal’ times and plain ol’boring times just like for everyone else. I live my life as best I can – it’s the only one I’ve got – and although I do get frusrated at times, deep down I know that my experiences have become a part of me; without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I hope that people who may be going through similar things, (either with Still’s or another chronic illness), will be able to read this and see that despite the rough times, there is ‘Still life’.