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Living with a chronic disease can take its toll on you physically and emotionally. Having lived with an autoimmune disease myself for the past 15 ½ years I know how difficult it can be to find resources and even get the knowledge I needed to make the best decisions for my health. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by the pain and what was going on with my body and I felt alone and scared for my future and there wasn’t anyone I knew that had what I had that I could talk to. I didn’t know where to look for the resources and the help I needed to navigate not only the medical side of things but also the emotional and physical issues. Feeling alone while dealing with my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and dealing with a new baby was hard on me.
Once I saw my specialist, it was the first time I really started feeling better about what was going on with my body and finding more resources and information about my disease. So why am I talking about my experiences now? There are many of you out there that suffer from a chronic illness as I did and I want to help you understand that there are resources available and that talking about your illness can help alleviate stress and open a dialogue that can help you talk to your health care provider.
This is why I am excited to be working with the Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA) and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC) to invite you to join a Twitter chat on May 15, 2019 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET to talk openly about spondyloarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to help to erase the stigma of these chronic illnesses because knowledge is power and feeling empowered about your health is always a great thing.
Did you know that often many people with one autoimmune disease can be diagnosed with another one? I didn’t know that, and I have had RA for so long, I never thought that I could have another one as well.
CSA and CCC want to provide a safe platform to help educate about these diseases and the fact that a connect exists between them. Chat attendees will be able to ask questions about these diseases, and also have access to Dr. Mark Silverberg, a Canadian gastroenterologist.
Join us on May 15 at 12:30 p.m. ET for this #GutandJointChat, a discussion on symptoms, questions to ask your healthcare provider and how important early detection and diagnosis is as well as the amazing resources offered by both amazing organizations.
For more information on spondyloarthritis, you can visit http://www.spondylitis.ca/spondyloarthritis/what-is-spondyloarthritis/, and for more information on IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), you can visit https://crohnsandcolitis.ca/About-Crohn-s-Colitis/What-are-Crohns-and-Colitis.