(In)visible Journey – a Column by Sandra Ross

Sandra (or Sandy) was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis, formerly known as Wegener’s granulomatosis, in 2001 at age 19. After living in various states in the Southern U.S. since graduating from college, she now lives in her childhood home in Virginia. She has a degree in journalism and has worked for various newspapers as an editor and designer since 2004. When not working, she enjoys playing video games, relaxing, writing in her blog, and collecting hats. She hopes to spread awareness of her condition while also letting those who have it know they aren’t alone.

The Beginning of My Invisible Journey

My long journey began in Virginia in 2001 at 18. I was in college at the time, and two friends and I decided to go on a trip during a three-day weekend in the spring. We stayed at my friend’s house, and I remember very clearly getting a pain in…