A.S. Face 2054: Tammie

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My name is Tammie, I am 46 years old. I was first diagnosed with Iritis when I was 24 years old, thinking it was pink eye I went to the Ophthalmologist who then told me he thought I had Lupus or Ankylosing Spondylitis. Life has been a lot of ups and downs since then with my health. I kept having Iritis until the age of 29 when I became pregnant for the last time and had a case of Iritis probably the worst I had in all of the prior 5 years. I had it in both eyes and the regular treatment wasn’t helping. The doctors wanted me to get steroid shots in both of my eyes. I was pregnant and decided not to. And by the Grace of GOD that was the last time I had Iritis to this day, 15 plus years later. In my 30s I started shrinking from this disease, I used to be the tallest of my siblings and now I am the shortest. This disease has caused me to lose over a foot of height. I can no longer turn my head around to speak to someone behind me, I have to turn my entire body. I have very limited neck mobility. I have multiple places of fusion in my spine. In 2013 I also was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and had to have over a foot of my colon removed. All of these autoimmune diseases. I have 3 beautiful children and have been married for 25 years. A loving family that is full of great support.

Georgia, United States of America

One Response to “A.S. Face 2054: Tammie”

  1. Dear Tammie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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