EEW President Dianna Hobbs empowers women during National Women's Health Week
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:39PM
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Award-winning faith-based media specialist Dianna Hobbs a national spokesperson for Autoimmune Disease Awareness (Photo Credit: 716 Pics) Share NEW YORK—She has been the voice of empowerment for a decade. Whether it’s her Top 100 blog, best-selling books, or award-winning online publication, Dianna Hobbs’ global ministry reaches the masses.

Now the faith-based media specialist, though a series of strategic television interviews and features, is using her influential voice during National Women’s Health Week, March 14-20, to bring awareness to the 50 million people suffering with autoimmune diseases.

“Women’s Heath Week is all about women making their health a priority and encouraging them to take  simple steps for their health's sake, and I want to use this opportunity to bring awareness to a major health epidemic, which is autoimmune disease," said Hobbs, who says she realizes God has given her such extensive reach for the benefit of others.

For those who do not understand what autoimmunity is, it simply means the body’s immune system becomes misdirected and attacks the very organs it was designed to protect, according to American Autoimmune Related Diseases, Inc. Autoimmunity includes diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood and blood vessels.

There is no cure.

"Before God miraculously healed me, I was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia,” continued the women's speaker and first lady of Evangelistic Temple COGIC, who was supernaturally set free from the bondage of illness at a prayer service in March.

“But I realize that there are 50 million people in the U.S. suffering from more than 100 different types of autoimmune diseases, including Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, for which there are no cures,” she added. 

On Friday, May 12, during a TCT interview that reached 4 million homes in the Western NY and Southern Ontario regions, the 40-year-old health activist acted as a spokesperson on behalf of millions of autoimmune disease sufferers who have no voice or advocate.

Dianna Hobbs passionately sings a worship medley accompanied by her pianist brother Lamond Brinson on TCT’s “Celebrate” (Photo Credit: TCT/EEW Magazine)

"So many people are suffering in silence, feeling alone and heartbroken that their chronic pain cannot be cured. I know the feeling and I want to fight for them," said Hobbs.

It took months for doctors to learn what was causing chronic joint and nerve pain, bruising, inability to walk and eat, migraine headaches, swollen lymph nodes, bowel issues, heart and breathing trouble, and dangerously high blood pressure spikes.

But after multiple trips to the Emergency Room, hospitalizations, lots of prayer and tears, by the grace of God, Dianna received a diagnosis within four months and was able to begin getting treatment from top specialists in her region.

For most people, however, the wait for diagnosis and treatment is much longer.

"It takes, on average, 5-10 years for an autoimmune disease to be discovered," explained Hobbs. "But if we can educate more folks, including doctors, and rally support for more comprehensive care, perhaps we can decrease the numbers of people that die without ever knowing what is wrong."

Sadly, many don’t have what it takes to pursue aggressive and extensive testing over a long period, which can cost major dollars and lead to dead ends if medical professionals are not persistent.

"If you are having syptoms that don't seem to make sense and are causing chronic pain, talk to your doctor about seeing if you may be suffering with an autoimmune disease," said the Founder of Empowering Everyday Women, Inc, a national not-for-profit organization that offers free spritual resources to women around the globe.

"The first step in treatment is properly diagnosising your symptoms, which can be hard to do with autoimmune diseases. But don't give up hope. Stay the course and fight!" said Hobbs, who accepts donations to aid in her activism through her online ministry.

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Here are 5 facts about Autoimmune diseases you likely didn't know, but should.

Fact #1 Autoimmune disease is a major health crisis. A staggering 50 million people in the US suffer from an Autoimmune disease, which is just as deadly as cancer and heart disease. Read our Founder's story here.

Fact #2 Women are at greater risk for autoimmunity than men. Autoimmune diseases impact 75 percent of women and are among the Top Ten killers of women under age 64.

#3 There are over 100 autoimmune diseases. A few well-known diseases that fall under the umbrella of autoimmunity are Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Vitiligo.

Fact #4 Autoimmune diseases tend to run in families. If someone in your family, such as your grandmother, had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or Lupus, you could be at greater risk for developing an Autoimmune disease. So know your family history.

Fact #5 Government funding for research of autoimmunity is below 3 percent.  Although autoimmunity is the #2 cause of chronic pain, not much of the National Institute of Health’s budget goes toward researching the disease.

How can we fight this national health crisis? How can you and I cause change to happen? Click here to find out more.

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