Diagnosed; my new journey with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

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Wednesday, October 16th, Dr. P called me to let me know that my blood tests came back ANCA positive. I have been diagnosed with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA), formerly named Wegener’s after a Nazi, so it’s not referred to by that name anymore. GPA is a rare, potentially life-threatening, auto-immune disease where your small and

A Journey to Diagnosis – Update Part #2

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Dr. P finally called he confirmed that my trachea is in fact narrowing and ordered the following blood tests: Complete Blood Count (CBC with auto differential) Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (Blood Sugar, Liver, Kidney, Muscle, Heart function). Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA, MPO, PR3) – [ANCA testing] detects and measures the amount of Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies in

A Journey to Diagnosis – Preface

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2014 Justin and I had been married for 10 years. We planned to start a family, but nothing was happening. After speaking to my gynecologist, we decided to try Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). A “fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside the uterus to facilitate fertilization.” I started taking medications to help stimulate ovulation, regular ultrasounds