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Re: I did it!
iviary #252291 05/16/13 11:57 PM
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Awesome! I am so VERY impressed! You have every reason to feel really proud of your accomplishment. I'm happy for you!


Psoriatic spondylitis, became severe within 3 years; on disability. Single, age 57. Failed Humira, Remicade, and methotrexate. Can't take NSAIDS or opioid pain meds. Also have adrenal insufficiency and thyroid issues.
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iviary #252294 05/17/13 12:52 AM
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Congratulations, good for you!!!! So proud of you.!!


Actema IV once a month (with pre loading for allergic reaction), Cymbalta x1 daily, Arava 20mg daily. Diagnosed with AS in 2004, suffered undiagnosed since 1982.
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COngrats Mary!!!!!!


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Small business owner, 50 / mother of 5, Fort Worth, Texas
Remicade, Seroquel, Folic Acid, MTX, gabapentin
Undifferented spondylopathy HLA-B27+ (onset 2007- DXed 2008) with associated uveitis, psoriasis
EPI and IBS - gastritis due to NSAIDs
Right Hip replacement 2017 with subsequent 4" heterotopic ossification (removed 2019)
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Thanks y'all! Not a photo major precisely, though I took as many photo courses as I could cram in and have count for a necessary credit. I was in a fairly broad program called "Arts & Technology" that incorporated traditional and digital arts with a basis in computer science. I mainly geared it toward graphic/web design, as that was my initial career plan. I'll try to keep those skills honed to some degree so I have it to fall back on if need be, but photography is the real passion. smile Graduating doesn't change much, other than that now I'm available to go full time with the retail company where I'm Head of Photography. I'll also only be stretched in two directions - retail company & my own portrait/wedding business - not three. I'm excited to be finished! I don't really feel that the degree is something that I "need" with my particular career, but I'm glad to have it all the same.


Mary, 25, happily married pro photographer, momma to 2 great danes.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Sjogren's, IBS, Hiatal Hernia, & possible Endometriosis.
Meds: Stelara, Methotrexate, Relafen, Omeprazole, Lyrica, Tizanidine, Voltaren Gel, Tramadol
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CONGRATULATIONS! I know you will go far!


DXed with AS almost 40 years ago
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Nothing quite like success. Happy for you.

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Right Eye Iritis.Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006 > DSEK Cornea Transplant 2009.
>Ahmed Shunt 2016 >DSEK Cornea Transplant 2016.
Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. Radio Frequency Ablation 2008.
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Great job...!

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iviary #252342 05/18/13 07:17 AM
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AWESOME!!! you should be so proud of yourself!


Kim: finishing the PhD SOMETIME in 2013! Dx'd with Undifferentiated Spondyloropathy (officially!) in October 2010 and gastroperesis in August 2011, now adding Sjorgren's and VERTIGO to the mix. Mom to 1 daughter with AS (on FULL disability), and 2 sons with UDiff (1 a graphic designer-freelance and 1 an elite level soccer player). Taking Enbrel (Oct. 2012) and Sulfasalezine (spring? 2011)
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Huge congrats!!!!! Even though you may not need the degree, it's yours and you worked hard for it!!! I'm still kicking myself for not finishing my degree, about 18 mo to go....but when kids, a business, pain & life in general get in the way it's difficult to finish.

However you are a great inspiration! Thank you smile

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Thanks Nookalou. smile My mom and several other favorite women in and around my family got their degrees the "hard way" so I knew I could do it too. Thank goodness I did it pre-kids. My mom went back to nursing school at 42 with a 3 y.o., 8 y.o. and 10 y.o. Phew. No thanks!


Mary, 25, happily married pro photographer, momma to 2 great danes.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Sjogren's, IBS, Hiatal Hernia, & possible Endometriosis.
Meds: Stelara, Methotrexate, Relafen, Omeprazole, Lyrica, Tizanidine, Voltaren Gel, Tramadol
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