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The unknown can be unsettling, but we’re behind you every step of the way.

By connecting with us, you’re already on the right track and one step closer to diagnosis and treatment.

Getting started on your autoimmune journey

We’re here to help make your autoimmune journey just a little bit easier. Autoimmune Association has resources, tools, and support to help you expedite your diagnosis.


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What is autoimmunity?

One of the functions of the immune system is to protect the body by responding to invading microorganisms, such as viruses or bacteria, by producing antibodies or sensitized lymphocytes (types of white blood cells). Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases. They encompass a broad category of related diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

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Diagnosis tips

Getting an accurate autoimmune diagnosis can prove to be challenging. The right team and the right diagnosis can bring both physical and emotional relief.

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Finding a physician

A trusted doctor who understands and listens is one of your best tools to help you live your life to the fullest. Many patients work with multiple doctors before finding the right fit and treatment plan; learn what to look for to find the optimal care team.

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You’re not in this alone

For many, the reminder that they are not alone in their experiences with autoimmune disease can be incredibly valuable. Hear from other autoimmune patients in our community.

Hannah L.

Looking for Diagnosis
"My biggest challenge with my autoimmune journey was accepting that the rest of my life would look different than what I...

Karen J.

Hemolytic anemia
"It's important for our own mental well-being to have contact with others who have shared experiences. There is strength...

Judy H.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
"We all have a choice as to whether we see our glass as half empty or half full."

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