Mrs. Gulf States International 2017
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.