Autoimmune Disease doesn’t have me!

Dreams are worth the chase!


A little About Me

Have you ever wanted to do something, but every time you tried it seemed like you always ran into a stumbling block? I always knew some type of writing was my calling when you are passionate about something it’s not going to leave so easily. My mind was constantly moving, but every time I would try to write everything would go blank. I would give up and come back to writing every year and do the same thing. I left my computer feeling dumb and frustrated .

I was told by the doctor that it was (fibro-fog) one of the symptoms of fibromyalgia . This year I won’t let it stop me, I’m going to do all I can to be successful at this. Bible says ” I can do all things through Christ, that gives me strength” I believe this.

Here is a little about me; I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, my first encounter with Rheumatoid was when I was about 4 years old out of nowhere my middle finger became deformed. I complained for many years about it causing me problems but nothing was never done, all they offered was to break my finger and let it heal back straight. That was not an option for me since it was on my left hand, and I am left-handed.

I guess, you can say I was in remission becauseI didn’t have another flare-up until 14 years old. At that point, I thought I was going to die. I was so sick, I couldn’t eat for months, I could barely even make it to the bathroom on my own. Developed bad anxiety I couldn’t even go in stores or anywhere too many people were.  I missed my whole freshmen year of high school. Doctors’ said they didn’t know what was causing it but kept giving me medication after medication as if I was an experiment.

I was taking 10 medications a day 2x’s a day, 20 pills at 14. And they didn’t even know what was wrong with me, really!

To make my life story short, this went on for years. Joint pain, inflammation, anxiety, hair loss,chronic anemia, stomach pain, and the list goes on. I can’t even count how many times I went to the ER. Finally, at the age of 21, I was labeled with Rheumatoid and Fibromyalgia and given all types of crazy pills that made me feel better for a few months. I didn’t like that every time I went to the doctor all they did was give me a steroid shot and 3 weeks of prednisone. It was like a never-ending story. I got to a point in my life that I would rather take the pain than any medication the doctor was advising me to take.

I told myself ” If I was going to die, I would be okay with that”. Of course, that was crazy talking. I was serious about no more medication from doctors, the medications might have worked in some areas but some days it made me feel worse. If the medication was not working in my favor, then I tossed it in the trash.

I have my days when I, just can’t do anything. And I also have my days where nothing can stop me. The difference between now and then is my diet and lifestyle change, I eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise, and keep a one on one relationship with God . My mind is now open to discovering more about why these things are attacking my body and getting down to the root cause and not the symptoms. I will research, I don’t care if I have to stay up all night, drink loads of coffee ( by the way too much coffee is not okay, don’t judge me lol ). This is my calling! this is my passion. The autoimmune disease doesn’t have me. So, let’s get started. Follow my journey 🙂

Welcome to my World 🙂


Author: AlwaysShawna

I am a Christian Young Lady, who happens to deal with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I want to make one thing clear I no longer take my meds but, my body is not healed from this illness but in remission with the Grace of God. My mind is healed and I don't have the same thinking toward my illness. I believe I, can be in remission for how long as I want if I take care of my body. I want to help spread Gods goodness and to also help ease chronic illness pain by fueling your body with healthy foods and good exercise. Everyone has their own pace with chronic illness, but I am here for you to support you with the help of God.

15 thoughts on “Autoimmune Disease doesn’t have me!”

  1. Nice to come across your blog, my mom suffers from the same kind of arthritis as yours, so I can relate a little bit to you, she’s had it from a pretty young age as well, and I’m always on the look out for remedies that might help her with the pain, thanks for sharing your story, that’s really brave.


      1. Aww thanks so much for this Shawna, you’re too kind, well, she has good and bad days, the weather affects her a lot, and she’s lost most of the mobility on her right arm and her hands are starting to deform more and more each time, I try to help as much as I can, but she’s too proud to ask for help and like to be independent so she rarely asks for help

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      2. I pray her good days out weigh her bad days. It’s never easy to go through something that is life changing. I know even though she is too proud to ask for help, she is very thankful for what you do for her. She is a blessed woman, she is in my prayers 🙂

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  2. Best of luck on your health journey. I have an autoimmune disease also and have recently been juice fasting in order to try and heal it. It is going well and has definitely helped with the fatigue. I have been blogging about it also. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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