The Superhero inside…

I saw Wonder Woman today.  It was incredible.  As I watched the gorgeous Superhero battling the bad guys, I admit I wished I could be her.  To be tall, beautiful and a genuine badass like Diana Prince??  One can dream….

Then I thought about it and realized that I am often Wonder Woman.  I often wonder how long it will take for me to get out of bed in the morning due to a stiff back.  I wonder how much my ankle will swell and hurt while running errands.  I wonder how long it will take me to fall asleep at night as the clock ticks past 2 am and the alarm is set for 5 am.  I wonder how much pain I will have at the end of the work day.  Most especially, I wonder how this ended up being my life.

But each day, I get out of bed even if I have to crawl out of it.  I still run those errands with a swollen and painful ankle.  I get up and work a full day on as little as 3 hours of sleep.  Most importantly,  I am living my life as best I can with chronic pain.

So there you have it.  I am Wonder Woman!

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Georgia as Wonder Woman 2012        #georgiathecavalier

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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