I remember that very stress-inducing first appointment with a rheumatologist. Had I read an article similar to this one, I may have felt better prepared:
I agree wholeheartedly with their reminder that the first appointment is the first step in a journey. Did you, as I did, expect all the answers to your health concerns immediately? Now of course I realize what an unrealistic expectation that was, but at the time I came away somewhat frustrated at the thought of more tests, more appointments, and elusive definitive diagnosis.
Ah, but the reminder that getting answers when dealing with autoimmune diseases is truly a journey is invaluable advice.