18 Things People With Autoimmune Diseases Want You To Know

4. And people will still look at us as if we made it up.

I promise I’m not being “lazy” and I’m not doing this for “attention.”

5. There are a ton of different autoimmune diseases, and they share a lot of the same symptoms.

For the record, autoimmune diseases affect an estimated 23.5 million people, and they include Addison’s disease, alopecia areata, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, Behcet’s disease, celiac, Graves’, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Hashimoto’s disease, hemolytic anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory myopathies, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, primary biliary cirrhosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, Type 1 diabetes, vitiligo, and countless others.

6. But long story short: Our bodies are in a civil war with themselves.

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