Angie Irvin

Mrs. Gulf States International 2017

@mrsgulfstsintl

Angie Irvin lives in east central Mississippi and has been married to her husband, Reverend Danny Irvin for 29 years. They are the proud parents of two young adult daughters, who both work in the medical field. Angie is a retired educator, a minister’s wife of 27 years, and has been involved in the pageant industry for over 20 years as a director, producer, judge, and contestant. She was recently crowned Mrs. Gulf States International 2017, and will promote her platform, All FLARED Up: Arthritis Awareness, along with her blog EnterTheBonejoint.com as part of her advocacy for the Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease Community.

Angie is honored to join @CureArthritis as a Cure Arthritis Ambassador for the Arthritis National Research Foundation, an organization that she champions and supports wholeheartedly.

Since her early 20s, Angie has lived with acute, chronic neck, head, and back pain following a serious snow-skiing accident at age 20 and a major car accident at age 26. Unfortunately, her symptomatic pain was misdiagnosed for over 15 years by medical specialists, who diagnosed her with illnesses ranging from West Nile Virus, interstitial cystitis and uterine cancer to vascular migraines, spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak syndrome, and “You are making your pain up in your head.” After a fourth MRI of her head and a first MRI of her entire spinal column, a team of specialists ultimately identified Angie’s cause of chronic pain as post-traumatic spinal osteoarthritis, compounded by cervical spinal stenosis, spondylosis, degenerative disc disease, lumbar radiculopathy, and sciatica, which was partially corrected after lumbar herniated disc surgery in 2006.

She also lives with other autoimmune disease complications, including vitamin D and B12 deficiencies, tinnitus, and acute sinusitis. Angie is open to discussing her use of both traditional and alternative medicine to deal with her daily OA chronic pain. This consists of routine bloodwork, yearly tests, and pain management with her Primary Care Physician coupled with holistic healing treatments performed by her MD/HD that include fireless cupping therapy; acupressure; auriculotherapy; sonopuncture; moxibustion; heat and laser therapy; and scalp-, electro-, and fire needle-acupuncture.

As part of The International Pageant system and the Mrs. International Pageant, which is the premiere pageant for married women around the world, Angie intends to use such a grand state, national, and international public forum to educate, fundraise, volunteer, and speak openly about her life with spinal osteoarthritis, her goals as a Cure Arthritis Ambassador, as well as the mission of @curearthritis and its fundraising mainstay, Racingforacure.org. She is currently working on several fundraising events for @racinforacure, including raising money for her Swimming for a Cure Team, and starting a Bike for a Cure and Hiking for a Cure Team.

In November 2016, she becomes a month-long partner with Comfortably Kind, an Ohio based box-store, web, and social media business. Comfortably Kind performs monthly partnerships with non-profits and donates 20% of the sales from their inspirational, comfy and hip tees to help promote organizations that bring awareness and funding to our communities’ and our nation’s most needed causes. During November 2016, 20% of the sales of Angie’s specially designed #CureArthritis tees, along with all other Comfortably Kind tees sold online, via social media, or in their store will go directly to the Arthritis National Research Foundation. In early 2017, Angie also plans to hold a large-scale Fashion Fundraiser for @curearthritis, aptly named, Walking the Blue Carpet for Arthritis Awareness. Understanding that the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s main mission is to fund research grants for innovative scientists and researchers to find cutting-edge treatments and cures for the 100+ forms of Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease, Mrs. Gulf States International 2017, has placed fundraising at the forefront of her role as a Cure Arthritis Ambassador.
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