I am 28 and like the simple things in life: reading a good book, watching films, writing poetry, walking the dogs, eating out and spending time with friends. I also love to spend my time in the great outdoors, come rain or shine, but unfortunately Still's Disease limits how much I can do this right now.
There are lots of things I'd like to try or do: ride horses again, travel the world, take up a martial art, climb mountains,paraglide, have a family, learn tai chi, run marathons for charity... to name just a few. Maybe I will one day.
Before my current flare I was working at a school for children with special needs but I've been off sick for six months now, so not sure what is going to happen there. I fancy more of a challenge anyway if truth be told, which will give me something to focus on when things improve; maybe I'll even go back to uni and study for my PHD.
I'm very lucky in that I have a network of brilliant friends and a wonderful, supportive boyfriend to keep me smiling; as well as our two families, who all go out of the way to ferry me to my hospital appointments and do whatever they can to help. Life would be much harder without them and I love them all dearly. Oh and of course, I shouldn't forget my little furbaby Jasper, whose silly rabbity ways keep me on my toes.
I decided to start this blog because I needed to put my mind to something constructive while sitting at home, waiting for things to improve. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while now and I guess I can't use lack of time as an excuse anymore!
My name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Still's Disease at the age of 19, with previous diagnoses of Dermatomyositis at 14 and Post-Viral Reactive Arthritis at the age of 3. Life is a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least, but I'm happy to say that I have had my fair share of highs with the lows. I have currently been off work for over 18 months due to a severe flareup and was getting bored, so I thought that I would try and put my mind to something constructive.
I have tried numerous drugs to treat my Still's over the years, including:
Unfortunately, having one autoimmune disease can lead to other health problems and I have also developed Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Gastritis, Anaemia of Chronic Disease, MVP, PCOS and Migraine, which I post about from time to time.
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Food For Thought
Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong
~ Thomas Carlyle
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'