Over the last seven years I have struggled with several illnesses, including psoriatic arthritis and breast cancer. I have also been diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia. And to top it all off, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, which complicates everything because good rest is key to having some sort of normal life — particularly with autoimmune diseases.
Watching my daughter play sports, boating, traveling, the outdoors...these are all things I enjoy. But it all stopped. All I wanted to do was sleep. My apnea mask was such a fight. It was cumbersome and with my apnea mask I could only sleep on my left side, which was difficult as that was the side affected by my breast cancer. I was depressed, didn't want to go anywhere, didn't want to spend time with family or friends. I was miserable.