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 “Tammie”

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

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