In June of 2013 I was finally admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease called Addison's diease. For no particular reason my adrenal glands stopped functioning properly. Since diagnosis my life has changed drastically. I am no longer able to work, due to the daily struggles of life. Treatment for Addison's disease involves daily steroid replacement therapy. My body does not properly absorb steroids so I live life day by day and never know what to expect. Not a month goes by where I haven't spent at least a few days admitted to the local hospitals for treatment. There is no cure for my disease, but I would like to bring awareness to it. I have received a great invitation to go to Washington DC to let my voice be heard about my dibilitating disease and would love to take the opportunity to go. I would appreciate any help that everyone is willing to give. I am determined to get my life back to normal and find a treatment plan that will work for me, but also would like others to be aware of my disease. Not many people have heard of Addison's diease and when I end up in the hospital I find myself being asked by Doctors and Nurses what Addison's disease is. My goal is to bring awareness so that maybe one day, going into a hospital I will not be asked this question and will be treated right away instead of having to fight for my life saving steroids that are required. Without these steroids I will die, and many ER doctors are hesitant to give them to me without first talking to my endocrinologist, which is sometimes hard to get ahold of. I hope to one day live a normal life and be on a treatment that works for my body, until then I will fight to bring awareness to everyone who will listen. Thank you everyone for your support!
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