The autoimmune athlete is a platform designed to be a support system for athletes everywhere who are battling an autoimmune disease.
To anyone else who is trying to navigate sports while having an autoimmune disease- you are not alone.
Together we can build a community of strong athletes, and help each other in ways that others may not be able to.
On August 4th, 2021, the day I left home for my first preseason 13 hours away in Virginia, I received test results confirming that I have an autoimmune disease. These tests had been conducted after chronic issues with joint pain and swelling, fatigue, and headaches. I will never forget how it felt to be leaving home for the first time with a new diagnosis that I knew nothing about, in a state that I had no doctor or medical staff in. I had unending support from my coaching staff and family, but there were so many things that I had to navigate on my own- which is something I hope that The Autoimmune Athlete can help prevent in the future. Playing a sport at a high level with an autoimmune disease is incredibly challenging, but by creating a support system of other athletes who are going through it too, the burden of unknowns can be eased up. Autoimmune disease is unpredictable and always changing, but in a body filled with unknowns, The Autoimmune Athlete can be your constant.