Hello my name is Yasmin and I was diagnosed with MCTD about a year ago. The first months were hard b/c I didn't know what to do and now I just feel not just pain but depression as well. My friends and family think I am over exaggerating about my pain and stiffness. I just don't know what to do some days are good and some days are really bad. It takes me sometimes an hour to get ready for work. I cry all the time and they think I'm being over sensitive. In their only defense they have never seen me like this. Out of all of them I use to be the most active and now I can't even go out like I use to. I get mad at the world and most of all myself. I have always been strong and for the first time I feel weak, insecure and depressed. Sometimes I don't know what to do and feel so alone. I hope that maybe someone does know and can help understand and find some courage to keep going without becoming a complete mess.