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Tell Us What You Wish People Knew About Your Autoimmune Disease

Because "staying positive!" is not always a thing.

If you have an autoimmune disease, you already know that dealing with it everyday can be exhausting and complicated.

One of the most challenging parts of living with one (or more) of these diseases is the general lack of awareness of where they come from and how they're managed.

So, tell us: What do you wish people knew about what life with an autoimmune disease is actually like?

Maybe you wish more people understood that living with your autoimmune disease is like having an additional full-time job.

Perhaps you get lots of unsolicited "advice" from well-meaning friends.

Or that what works for managing it one day, does not, in fact, always work the next.

Are there any misconceptions you'd like to clear up once and for all?

Or maybe there are some unexpected positives to having an autoimmune disease that you want people to know about.

Tell us what you want people to know about living with an autoimmune disease.

Whether you want people to understand more about your condition itself or its treatment and management, what questions people should really never ask, how to support you, or the things you wish people would say to you, we want to hear about it.

Share in the comments section or submit your thoughts with a photo in the Dropbox below.

If you’re having trouble uploading your response, you can email it to caira.conner@buzzfeed.com with the subject line “Autoimmune disease post submission.”

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