I used to DREAD working out. When I was younger I played sports, and got my exercise without having to consciously go for a run or lift some weights. After college I joined a gym, but it was a constant struggle to get myself there. My only motivation was to look good in a bathing […]
What can you do when my anxiety strikes?
Anxiety is a tricky little devil. Sometimes I can feel it coming on slowly, but other times it can sneak up on me completely out of nowhere. I know the types of things that trigger me- sometimes I can navigate them without too much struggle, but other times I go into full-blown panic attack. My […]
Love, at it’s purest form, is unconditional
Anyone who follows me on Instagram (@life_a.s_erin) has seen me posting recently about having pain in my wrists and elbows, and my trials with Prednisone. I’ve been trying to really rest and give my joints a chance to heal, so I’ve been a little MIA from my blog. Since the #100outof100 hashtag has gone viral […]
11 ‘Must-Haves’ if you Live with Chronic Illness
Life with a chronic illness is full of ups and downs. Some days you might feel like you can run a marathon, and others you can barely get out of bed. Here are 11 of my favorite things for navigating life with Ankylosing Spondylitis 🙂 Roomba– We all love to have a clean home, but […]
Defining Ankylosing Spondylitis
Hi again! It’s March – still Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month! There are SO MANY different autoimmune diseases that we can raise awareness for this month. Since I have Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), I want take a minute to really explain what it is and how it effects people. I also want to let you know how […]
March is #ADAM !
Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease was like getting a new car… I was so excited to be diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis! It gave me a new sense of freedom, and came with a fresh new scent and pine tree air freshener!??? Kidding! But happy Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month! Honestly though, you know how when […]
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, oh my!
How social media has helped me find comfort and positivity I don’t actually even have a twitter account…but the play on words was too perfect 😛 I often hear people talk about the evils of social media: an invasion of privacy, feeling the need to compare yourself to others, time wasted endlessly scrolling through feeds…the […]
8 Ways I Cope with Anxiety
Journaling- Just pull out a pen and paper and start writing. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or sentence structure. Let all of the feelings and emotions flow onto the paper. Watch an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S- Turn on an episode of your favorite happy and mindless show. For me FRIENDS can always boost my mood and make me feel calmer, […]
Hope is the only thing stronger than fear
I want to be more involved- but I don’t know how. I want to help make a difference for other people living with AS. I want to do something that helps pave the way for medical advances, so future generations are better able to fight this disease. From what I can tell there is somewhere […]
The Treatment Dilemma: How I chose to Give Humira a Chance
“Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacter that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infection. HUMIRA may increase the chance of getting lymphoma, including a rare kind, or other cancers. HUMIRA can cause serious side […]
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