CLC MEMBER FEATURE:Hey everyone! My name is Goretti. I am 26 years old, and this is my story.
In February of 2017, I began noticing that I was really fatigued. Being in nursing school, I would just blame it on the lack of sleep. But then I started getting pain in my joints. It started off in my hands and went to my legs, arms, and jaw. There were days where I literally couldn't walk or get out of bed. I went to the Dr. & was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 25 years old. I was devastated & went into immediate denial. I refused medication, which made my symptoms/progression of my disease worse. It was to the point where the disease began to attack other organs, including my lungs. One day while I was in clinical, I began coughing up blood, & from there I found out that I had clots in my lungs that nearly killed me. All this caused me to fail out of nursing school and caused me to fall into a deep depression that I am still fighting to get out of.
Since then, it’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride of different medications/injections, hospitalizations & ER visits. It’s been very hard, but I have finally accepted this as part of my life. Working on restructuring my life around this disease has been very challenging. As someone who also has developed Fibromyalgia, dealing with the pain is a day to day process; simple things like getting out of bed & brushing my teeth are sometimes hard to do. But with the support of my doctors, family, and close friends, I’m going to live my life to the fullest!
I advise anyone who is dealing with an autoimmune disease to not let it rule your life! We are strong! I am more sympathetic, patient, and more appreciative of life now. I don’t sweat the small stuff as much anymore. I am learning to listen to my body, and rest when I need to. I still continue to do the things that I love (dancing, cooking, etc.) and I will re continue my journey to become a nurse! I may have a disease, but it WILL NOT HAVE ME!! #chronicloveclub