My name is Amorie, Ami for short, I’m 24 and from Cape Town, South Africa.
As of the start of 2013 I was experiencing very bad pains in my hands as well as severe back pain from around 2008. I have always lived with headaches and what we thought was growing pains, but now I know better.
In February of 2014 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was put on Methotrexate and later on I was put on Lyrica that year.. In 2015 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia on top of this and here I am.
I started studying my BSc in Medical Science at the University of Pretoria in 2013 to eventually do my Honours in Forensic Anthropology!
However, since I got so ill I had to lengthen my studies so that I have less subjects each semester. I have also developed issues with my hips so mostly I walk on campus with my crutches and I am allowed parking on campus as well!
Mostly I am just a young student trying to make a name for myself, while trying tonfight this awful battle. This year I am hoping to bring my pain levels down to a manageable amount so that I can do better at my studies..
I have the cutest kitten on the planet and her name is Luna! She’s my sweet angel!
I am also a volunteer for The Reach for a Dream foundation, which is like the South African version of The Make a Wish foundation! I love bringing smiles and love into the lives of sick children and would do anything to ensure other people’s happiness, even if it costs me my own!