HEALTH JOURNEY LIFE WITH ME YOGA

HAVING AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

Yesterday I was starting to feel better. Today I feel worse. This is one of the many frustrations with autoimmune diseases. A virus that might bring someone who doesn’t battle with their health down for a day can take at least twice as long to get over & the symptoms are usually twice or more as bad for someone with an autoimmune disease. ⁣⁣⁣
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What is an autoimmune disease? ⁣⁣⁣
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An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.⁣⁣⁣
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The immune system normally guards against bacteria & viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.⁣⁣⁣
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Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells & your own cells.⁣⁣⁣
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In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body, like your joints or skin, as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. @healthline ⁣⁣⁣
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It’s very frustrating to say the least when dealing with autoimmune diseases & chronic pain. A little virus can feel like a huge set back. I was, am, pretty sad that I won’t be able to take the trip to visit my family in Oklahoma this week. Placing pressure to get well faster & to having the energy to drive 20+ hours is just not mindful thinking. So instead I took the load off & am going to do a shorter visit for thanksgiving & fly out instead of drive. I also reminded myself I have a longer visit for the winter holidays. What’s most important is for me to get well. ⁣⁣⁣
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So that’s what I’m going to do. Rest. Heal. Recover. #patience ⁣⁣⁣
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📸 Tanner with @shaneharderphotography @theflilife

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