The Day That Changed My Life

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When I returned home from a mission trip in April of 2012 things didn’t seem the same. My body felt as if it had been run over by a herd of elephants. I looked like a balloon with the swelling that had taken over my body. I went to school for a week and then I could not return, I was in so much pain, I didn't know it was possible to feel like this. Little did I know this would be the rest of my life. Months after my mission trip, in the month of August in 2012 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, two painful diseases that I will live with for the rest of my life.
My mom picked me up late on the last night of my mission trip, and as soon I got home hours later I ...view middle of the document...

We then made an appointment with my pediatrician. When we saw her she decided she wanted to do some blood work to figure out what was going on. I then went and had my blood taken. I poke felt as if I was being stabbed and seeing all of the blood coming into the tube was as if I was watching a red river flowing through. It took a few weeks for us to receive the results but when we did she said they looked okay. We still didn’t have an answer as to what was going on with my body. My mom made an appointment to go see our rheumatologist who I had seen before for a knee injury, he then told us not all of the proper tests were taken so he wanted to do some more. I was faced with the experience of getting my blood taken again. Within a week or so he received the results and told us that some of the results came back positive for rheumatologist but he was comfortable treating me or diagnosing me. He made the decision to send me to a pediatric rheumatologist at UCLA.
When we had our appointment we had to leave at six in the morning in order to get to my appointment in time. The drive seemed as if it took years to get there. I was hungry, tired, and nervous. As we...

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