There are over 100 autoimmune (AI) conditions and the incidence is growing every year. More and more of us find ourselves with one or more auto-immune conditions. My advice to anyone who receives an AI diagnosis is to learn as much about the condition, or conditions, as possible. Your best weapon against autoimmune conditions is YOU. Your medical team are certainly extremely important but you are the front-line soldier in this war. Your medical team can’t do your exercise for you, can’t remove stress from your life or make sure you take your medications on time, sleep enough or eat properly. That, my friends, is YOU – the front-line soldier.
The following is a list of resources I found useful in my own journey, together with other resources for other AI conditions.
Update: Since this page was published, I have been rediagnosed. I have psoriatic arthritis, not rheumatoid arthritis as first diagnosed. However many of the links are still useful to many readers and my thyroid condition is an AI condition.
Diabetes Australia – extensive information and links to key diabetes organisations. Help Line 1300 136 588
Move – the new voice of Arthritis Victoria. A wealth of information about muscle, bone and joint health. National Help Line 1800 263 265
The Change Place – Jayne Bailey’s expertise is change management. Together with her own experience with chronic conditions, Jayne guides people seeking to change their life to accommodate their new circumstances while still achieving life objectives.
The Thyroid Damsel – a blog written by Lucy, a patient in the UK.