My name is Danyalle Traylor. I’m 36 years old, married, and have two beautiful daughters. I also am currently fighting 3 Health Conditions.
Scleroderma, Polymyositis which are both Autoimmune diseases; and Congestive Heart Failure which was cause by the autoimmune diseases.
Up until age 30, I was completely healthy. I gave birth to my 2nd daughter July 31, 2015.
In March of 2016 was when I first noticed weakness in my arms and legs. I began to have trouble reaching, lifting, and had almost dropped my daughter (who was only 6 months at the time) in the shower 3 times. I then noticed going up stairs was becoming more difficult as well as standing from a seated position. I contacted a doctor as I thought it may be my bones, and after multiple tests including a bone density tests it was confirmed that wasn’t the issue. Fast forward to September 2016 I seek out a new primary doctor and right away she told me my symptoms sounded like those of an autoimmune issue, and she referred me to a Rheumatologist.
Within 90 days i was diagnosed with Scleroderma. However, it took 3 Specialist (one of which i had to travel to Houston to see)
3 different medications, and over 10 tests that everyone kept saying were “NORMAL” for me to finally be given a CT SCAN and MRI for them to finally confirm I had Polymyositis. This happened in October of 2018. Polymyositis is an autoimmune disease where the immune systems attacks your muscles. At this point I had severe muscle atrophy and had lost 80% of my muscle mass. They stated there weren’t any other medications they could suggest that wouldn’t have higher risks of pretty icky side effects. The only suggestion was therapy.
It’s been a long road and very hard. Not being able to do the therapy unless in a pool, has caused me to get worse. The health conditions alone are hard, but the symptoms of fatigue, and muscle weakness , joint stiffness have all made this process even worse.
Due to the hardening of my heart muscle cause by the Scleroderma, I was also diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in November 2019. Ive been hospitalized 3 times since that and to date have lost 80lbs. I now have heart issues, intestinal issues, severe pigmentation loss ect. But I choose to fight!!!
I cry and I’ve wanted to give up so many times. I’ve felt alone, unattractive, and useless so many days and nights. Luckily I have a lot of supportive people around who love me.
I smile often and try to do as many normal things as I can.
I just want to encourage those dealing with health issues to keep having faith. God knows all and sees all. He’s here even when we think he’s not. Don’t give up, people are rooting for you, people love you and need you here!! You are not alone !!!