My name is Emmy, and I’m an 18 year old battling Systemic Arthritis, along with other autoimmune diseases, Mast Cell Disease, and more. Back in 2014, I went from being a healthy kid, about to start her freshman year at a new high school, to a girl I no longer recognized. The road to finding out the cause of my illness has been long and grueling. Even years later, I still have more questions than answers. Despite this, I have found so much joy in life, not only by growing to accept my illness, but also learning to love myself unconditionally.