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.