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    Posted December 4, 2012 by
    Acworth, Georgia
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    I want to my life back from my disease

    I have always been an active person since I was 3. I took ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics until I left high school at 17. In my early 20's I joined a country line dancing performance group based in Kennesaw. This is where I met my husband. Yes I married a white boy who can dance!! Hehe. After the dance team broke up, I got into Muay Tai Kickboxing. I really, really loved this sport! Over the next several years I started having issues with my knees. I assumed it was due to all the years I spent dancing. In 2005 I finally had surgery and the doc said he had never seen someone my age with so much damage and arthritis. This was the beginning of the end to my exercise days. I tried over the years to get back on track but something would always happen to derail me physically. Then in 2009 my whole world changed forever. We had been in CA for a business/vacation trip in April. After we got home my foot started swelling to the point I couldn't wear a shoe. Dr said I had a stress fracture and put me an air cast for 6 weeks but it continued to swell. Then they started injections in foot and nothing helped. Finally in July blood work was mentioned. So what seemed like 200 vials later, in August 2009 I was diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome & Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was like I have what?? I've never even heard of that!! I mean who has or at least not until Venus Williams showed up with it last year. Any who, that started the worst roller coaster of my life. That landed me with a liver biopsy in Sept and then the lymph nodes in my neck started swelling in October. Well Happy Thanksgiving to me as another surgery and biopsy. Thankfully negative! (This time, as apparently SS patients are susceptible to lymphoma) Fast forward over the next 3 years, 2 additional surgeries, 60 lbs and 20 ( YES TWENTY) daily medications and you have my life today. I would really like to take control of my life back as my disease controls it now. I know that if I could get rid of the weight I have gained, it would really help all my joints and inflammation. Maybe I could even get rid of some of meds like blood pressure and pain meds. I can't do this by myself and really need the guidance and discipline. Will you help me please? Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
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