I have been living with autoimmune disorders for the past 20+ years. I am going to call them disorders not diseases. I hate the word “disease” when it comes to the world of autoimmune. When I hear the word “disease” I think of kidney disease, Ebola, Tuberculosis, heart disease. In my case I don’t see the autoimmune “disorders” as being as bad as those “real” diseases.
What is an autoimmune disorder?
An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells.
What’s the difference between a disease and a disorder?
A disease is a pathophysiological response to internal or external factors. A disorder is a disruption to regular bodily structure and function. A syndrome is a collection of signs and symptoms associated with a specific health-related cause.
So, there you have it. Autoimmune is a disorder. These disorders disrupt my life, body, and sometimes how I function. That is it.
Charles R. Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
I say, “Autoimmune is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
When you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, your reaction should be, “Thank goodness, someone knows what is wrong, gave me the diagnosis and told me what to do to live with it.” Autoimmune disorders are activated by stress, so you receiving a diagnosis of a disorder should give your mind some ease and let you start to relax.
I am not a doctor. I don’t have a medical degree. Like I said in the beginning, I have been living with autoimmune for over 20 years, so I do know a thing or two about the subject. I am going to share with you everything that I have learned. What works and what doesn’t.
If you have just been diagnosed and you feel scared, anxious, or fearful, I hope that I can help you alleviate those feelings. I do want you to know that you can have hope, and you can live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Tomorrow, I will tell you about my first diagnosis.