Waited six months to be seen at Mayo Clinic. Was diagnosed with eczema, pityriasis rosea, acne and moderate to severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Was told to start on a biologic combination therapy. This proved later on to be too strong for me. I was told by the head of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic that if I tried just herbal and alternative treatments I would be in a wheelchair and I would be lucky to live till 60 years old in general with this condition. What a nice thing to say to an 18-year-old! Adulthood really started early for me. Everyone in my school was planning on what college to go to and I was sent down a dark tunnel of WTH to do next.
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