Denise shares what she would say to a woman who is suffering from the condition ankylosing spondylitis, which causes an inflammation of the spine.
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I say number one, know your body, know that you have an autoimmune disorder and that means that everything you put in your body is going to affect your ability to live your life. So whether it’s a medication, it’s a food, it’s a chemical you're using to clean your house with, whatever it is your immune system is already compromised because you’ve got this disease. So you have got to give it space to deal with what its got. You start adding prescription medicines or things that are already taxing the system on top of it. you're asking for losing more ground, falling backgrounds, not getting where you want to be which is pretty clear in remission, being able to live your life without any trouble. So you must, must know what your body can tolerate. And at any time, that you feel that a doctor’s prescription is in some way making it harder for you to live your life? You have to question it. What is this really doing to me? My experience was that they gave me a drug which was supposed to help but ended up giving me ulcerative colitis which turns out to be and adds up to an autoimmune disorder but I didn’t know that at that time. They haven’t been giving to me this information because I wasn’t looking, I was trying to just make my way the best I could through everyday. You absolutely have to know, you absolutely have to be aware of what you're doing to yourself. I am Denise and I've shared my story of suffering through ankylosis spondylitis and autoimmune disorder with empowher. I’d love for you to share your stories as well.