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Just by looking at her, most wouldn’t know that Stephanie battles an autoimmune disease because she shrouds it so well with her positivity and optimistic outlook on life with her illness.

However, Stephanie disclosed that behind her joyful grin, she is only human and that before she learned to be positive, her hardest days involved perpetual negative thoughts that would replay over and over again in her mind. Over time, Stephanie skillfully turned those negative thoughts into positive mantras through repeated, daily practice. As a result, her efforts enabled her to find true happiness in the midst of a disease that has, at times, almost pushed her to her breaking point…Arthritis National Research Foundation