In a world where everything has been chaotic, and humanity seems to be at a loss one person continues to strive to not only be an inspiration but also a hero. Julia V. has been suffering many illness throughout her life always in a fight not knowing which day may be here last.
I first met her a few years ago when I was in troubling times unsure of what to do with myself she was there to dust off the dirt of a torn life gone astray. Her story touched my heart in ways that could only inspire. She suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis/Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease among other things, but the RA/RAD makes it to where she can not walk or enjoy most of the things in life that we get to do.
Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RAD), most commonly known as RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is an autoimmune disorder that causes a lot of painful, irreversible damage because a person’s immune system turns on itself and attacks the person’s own body. RAD/RA is well known for causing inflammation of the lining of the joints because the body tissue is mistakenly attacked by its own immune system.
It does not stop there RA/RAD also attacks & affects the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, nerves and a person’s entire body. Rheumatoid arthritis/Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease is a chronic disorder, meaning that although there may be occasional less severe symptomatic periods, the disease progressively worsens over time and never goes away.
People with severe cases, such as Julia’s case, are severely crippled by it. There is always some degree of pain, people like her get so bad they lose abilities most people take for granted, such as sitting. RAD/RA does not just affect older people, She was in her early teen years when she was finally properly diagnosed. She had periods of painful head to toe paralyzation where she couldn’t open her mouth or use her neck to turn her head because the disease takes over, swells and stiffens joints while causing damage to joints, muscles, nerves and organs.
A person’s spirit should not be crushed by what happens to their bodies. Regardless of the daily chronic pain, the joint deformities and need for joint replacements since Julia was 22 years old, even though no surgeon would do anything about it because most refuse to touch patients i f they are “too young”, She believed in making the most of what she has, looking on the bright side, and never giving up.
When I felt my life was going nowhere after constantly being stopped in my tracks she stood bravely beside me to help fight off my demons. Evil never stands a chance when she there to protect you, and make sure you do not walk onto the wrong paths.
She is always spreading the word, and helping those who not only suffer from what she does but also to the people who just seem to be suffering. She lifts spirits with her inspirational quotes, stories of triumphs, stories of tragedy, and always delivering the message of hope. In a time of despair she serves as an inspiration to bring us all hope that humanity can once again find peace, and learn to love one another no matter who they are or where they come from. She is someone I gladly call a best friend, and is truly a great friend to anyone who gets to know her
A hero can be defined as many things, but when I think of Julia V. she reminds of a hero for she has saved lives breathing life back into those who felt lifeless bringing them renewed vigor to start over from the beginning. Your first time talking to her you feel a surge of energy that goes to your very core that makes you feel like you can do anything even in the face of the impossible.