It’s May, so that means three things: 1) God must have his Almighty Thumb pressed down firmly on the fast-forward button of life ’cause this year is flying by, 2) In less than three weeks I’ll be relaxing on a beach with some sort of coconut and pineapple concoction in Hawaii, and 3) it’s Myositis Awareness Month! Those of you who’ve been rocking with me for a minute now have heard me share my testimony (on several occasions) about my experience with autoimmune disease. And to all my new folk out there (welcome!), let me fill you in real quick.
So to make a long story hella short, I got really sick my last semester of college and had to come home immediately after I graduated to figure out what the heck was going on. A month of doctor visits and lab tests later, I was finally diagnosed with dermatomyositis (DM), a rare autoimmune disease characterized by severe skin and muscle inflammation. Just to give y’all an idea of how severe it was, the normal range for our muscle enzyme levels (or CPK levels) is anything below 170. When I was first diagnosed, my CPK levels were at an 1800. I know, cray. [Read more…]