Chronic Voices: Amy Hill

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Amy describes her experience with chronic illness in the questions below. Follow Amy @rheumatoidgirls or @amyhill on Instagram.

What chronic condition(s) do you live with?

Rheumatoid Arthritis

How long have you lived with these chronic conditions?

1-5 years

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you got diagnosed? And you would like to tell someone that has been newly diagnosed?

It’s not the end of life as you know it. You will find treatment that works and go on to achieve amazing things despite it.

What’s the funniest, craziest, most ridiculous thing a doctor has ever said to you?

I’ve been extremely privileged and only encountered wonderful doctors who have said very normal, informative things, without passing judgement.

What has gives you inspiration?

Famous people with chronic illnesses and my followers on @rheumatoidgirls

Many of us “Chronic Warriors” are “warriors” because we battle not only one, but two, three or more illnesses. What’s your daily motivation to get out of bed and keep it moving? To what do you attribute your ” daily will?”

I want to fulfill my potential, no matter my circumstances. I want to be a success story for other people with chronic illness

What alternative treatments or therapies have most helped you? Any that surprised you by how effective they were?

An acupressure mat from Amazon – amazing for shoulder pain

What do you think was the most challenging when you were first diagnosed (info, medication, side effects, emotional toll, etc.)?

Emotional toll and physical pain that I worried would never go away

How has “being disabled” changed you as a person for the better i.e. what have you “learned” from having this illness?

Humility and empathy

What is the one thing you are MOST proud of yourself for achieving despite your illness?

Career goals, my work requires me to go to lots of events which I’m proud of myself for managing

Fatigue, brain fog and other annoying symptoms make it hard to get things accomplished day to day. Do you have any favorite life hacks you can share with us that you use?

Big goals for the near future, broken down into daily to-do lists so you always feel accomplished

Do you have a slogan, one liner, or a motivational message that you want to leave readers with?

“There is no old you to get back to. There’s a new you to create and nurture”

This article is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice from your physician or health provider for your specific needs.

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