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My name is Melanie and I am from Seattle, WA. I am 26 years old and was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and mixed connective tissue disease in 2014, shortly after my 24th birthday. It has been the toughest 2 years since my diagnosis. My doctor and I have yet to come up with a proper treatment plan. I’ve tried Humira, but ended up being allergic. I’ve been on Cimzia for a few months, however, the pain is indifferent. I’ve always maintained an active and healthy lifestyle, but now, getting out of bed is the main struggle. I used to think that I was one of the very few battling an autoimmune disease (or three), but the power of social media has taught me that I’m not alone in this fight.

Washington, United States of America

One Response to “Melanie”

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

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