The last 10 years have gone so damned fast. Faster than the first 30 some. Being diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency has made all the difference in my life. I am so thankful to be diagnosed with AI. My health is the best it has ever been. I'm no longer always cold and/or sick. I've dreamed big and far surpassed all of the athletic goals I once thought impossible. I was given many years where I was able to keep up with my son as opposed to making the poor kid cook for himself at the age of 5. I started my own online community for people with AI and it's turned out to be so wonderful for me, full of friendship, love support and information.
Despite the struggles of AI, it has been a wonderful thing for me. It's provided me with a life that I never knew I could live. I've made friends all around the world. Many of them, I will know for the rest of my life. AI has also given me the opportunity to learn about the body and how it works, about pharmaceutical companies, medical studies and hell, I've been sent to Trinidad because of this disease. I'm healthier now overall than I ever was growing up. What a gift!
Thanks to everyone who has become my friend because of this disease. Thanks to friends without AI and my husband for listening to me rant about the injustices of the medical systems around the world and here in the US.
Adrenal Insufficiency has provided me with an opportunity to discover where my passion lies (empowerment, medicine, advocacy) and has given me chances to see different sides of this disease and where I fit into it. I know some form of advocacy, aside from the forum, is where I'm going with this disease.
Thanks to all for being a part of my life with AI!