If you ask Anna Legassie about her hobbies, she’ll probably respond with some tale of a triathlon or a Spartan Race. All things considered, Anna appears far from what one would consider “sickly.” And yet, she is sick, critically so.
As a sufferer of systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis, many people might say Anna has no business being an athlete; and if they had met her several years ago, they might have been right. When she received her diagnosis at age 11, a downward spiral began, with arthritis taking the once active and energetic young girl and leaving her in chronic pain; at times, even immobilized. Thankfully, today Anna’s condition is under control, but the years of crippling symptoms left her with a deep empathy for other people who suffer from specialized, long-lasting diseases. Now Anna advocates for patients who suffer from chronic health conditions of all kinds.
We were introduced to Anna several months ago through our friend, Lilly Stairs, and took the opportunity to ask her about living with a chronic illness.
Listen to our conversation with Anna below: