About me? Well…
I am 44 and I spent my life in I.T. in various roles, including Senior Project Manager roles and Project Director roles. I was studying for a law degree when I married a super-amazing-sci fi loving- History PhD undergrad- Science Degree – Golfing – Book addict – photographic nut!
We have five fur kids (3 dogs and 2 cats) and we live by the beach about 45 minutes out of the city.
I was climbing my way up the corporate ladder and working on projects all over the world and loving my career that was allowing me to be my natural type A personality, super control freak!
Then about 8 years ago life changed! Forever! I started collecting AutoImmune diseases and other peripheral health issues which has affected every single part of my body and every part of my daily life.
No two days are the same and life has been a roller coaster that few can understand, unless you too suffer with multiple (or even one!) autoimmune conditions. Its a challenge to say the least. I will not give medical advice on this site as I am not a doctor and I will not list all the diseases and conditions I have like a supermarket list as I don’t think its helpful to me or to other fighters to diminish their own journey or compare. I am simply going to do my best to put it out there and speak my truth in the hope that my posts offer a little bit of something for everyone.
I also want to point out this is very much a team effort and I want to include and mention my partner as often as necessary, as he is a big part of where I am today and where I will be tomorrow! His own experiences are just as valid and he is the other side of the effects of these diseases. “It takes a village to raise a child” and it takes many, many more to get through life with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases! But you havent lived until you love someone with a chronic illness / AutoImmune disease! 😉
I am still here, I am determined to enjoy the life I have and the hand that has been dealt me and with the love and support of the people in my life I have decided to dedicate my life, my energy and my art to reaching out and advocating for my fellow AutoImmune Fighters and Chronic Illness battlers! We are here and we are deserving of every bit of respect and dignity.
I blame no one for my illness and my journey and I have accepted that life is chaotic, unpredictable, random, unfair, cruel, beautiful, breathtaking, heart-breaking and worth every minute. It has taught me so much and has made me the person I am today, for which I am truly proud and grateful.
I hope that if you decide to join me and follow this blog, that you will enjoy the journey, smile with me, cry with me, laugh with me, think with me, disagree with me (I can take it!) but most of all I hope we develop a mutual respect and empathy for each others experiences.
I could not have made it this far without the people in my life who have helped me get here.
What more could a girl want?
… maybe coffee and chocolate!
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