After Diagnosis, I Discovered That Knowledge Boosts My Confidence

After Diagnosis, I Discovered That Knowledge Boosts My Confidence

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After Diagnosis, I Discovered That Knowledge Boosts My Confidence

When I recently was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, I was confronted with complicated terminology that initially overwhelmed me. Klebsiella pneumoniae, molecular mimicry, cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha — the list of complicated terms seemed endless. “Good grief,” I thought, “I’m just an ordinary human being. All of these terms are way over my head.” With frustration and weariness, I tried to educate myself about my diagnosis. As I slogged away night after night reading articles and…

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