Carrie Ann Inaba Shares Powerful New Blog Post About Her ‘Invisible Illness’

Carrie Ann Inaba is a judge on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
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Carrie Ann Inaba shared a powerful new blog post about what she calls her “invisible illness.” In the update, The Talk panelist discussed the health challenges she struggles with daily that can easily go unnoticed by others.

Carrie Ann has been diagnosed with autoimmune conditions Sjogren’s syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The longtime judge of Dancing with the Stars has been open about her health struggles on more than one occasion, but this is the first time she has dedicated an entire blog post to the techniques and methods she uses when struggling with the symptoms.

The most important thing a person can do when suffering, stated Carrie Ann in her blog, is to be their own best advocate. She explained in the post that carefully noting what can cause a flare-up helps the medical professionals find a better way to manage the symptoms.

Carrie Ann also revealed that there are other aspects of dealing with chronic illnesses, such as medication side effects and mood swings.

She revealed she was grateful for her schedule at Dancing with the Stars, which was less demanding than most jobs, particularly when she was having a flare-up of symptoms. She also realized that not everyone has the luxury of a more relaxed schedule.

Carrie Ann offered words of encouragement to those who might be unsure of how to deal with the conflicting emotions that come along with these medical conditions and shared them in a touching statement within the lengthy post.

“Once I recognized I had to let go of the image of being ‘able’ and ‘strong’ in the way I had been used to, I discovered new things about myself…And I learned how to actually accept myself in each moment as I was,” she revealed.

Upon realizing she was the same person she was before her medical challenges, the former dance professional was forced to accept her symptoms and that these silent conditions were her new normal. They were now an important part of her.

Carrie Ann’s fans were grateful for the information and shared their support for the television personality on Instagram, where The Talk host shared a link to her blog.

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Happy Tuesday! Today we talked about #invisibleillness and how debilitating it can be. I shared my story and my current struggle with my invisible Illnesses. I have a few autoimmune syndromes and I’m currently in a pretty bad flare.????. The pain has been very challenging this time… for those of you who know – flares come in all different shapes and sizes. I’ve been good at finding solutions that work for me and at managing the pain and difficulties of my previous flare ups but this one has been tougher than usual. And it has humbled me once again. Most Autoimmune syndromes come with friends. I have Sjögren’s syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Rheumatoid Arthritis with markers for APL syndrome. And I share this so that others will not feel so alone with their own menu of conditions. You probably would not guess that behind that smile, I’m in a lot of pain. But I know my fellow #warriors out there understand… and I will not give up trying to heal myself and find solutions. I will also not stop smiling because that is something I can do despite the pain. It’s a never ending rollercoaster, this journey, but it’s mine and I have also learned beautiful things from it. I am so grateful I have an amazing support system of friends and family and the beautiful ladies of @thetalkcbs who touched my heart deeply with their love and support today. It makes the journey so much better. Feeling grateful. ???? May we all keep lifting each other up by sharing our stories so that we can find healing and share it with each other. #autoimmunedisease #fibromyalgia #sjogrenssyndrome #rheumatoidarthritis #pain #invisibleillness #warriors #carrieannconversations #thetalk #gratitude #lifelessons #life #healthandwellness

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“Thank you for coming out about what my mom & I go through and many of my friends too,” said one Instagram user of Carrie Ann’s comments.

“You are incredible, you’re a fighter and a leader. You are admired!” said a second follower of the former dancer, followed by a red heart emoji.