Howdy to you, Flamingojihad!
I'm in the midwest, too (Minnesota). I'm 56, so in the same age 'ballpark' as well. I wasn't diagnosed until this past year, although it's clear I've had one autoimmune disease or another for a long time. Welcome to the group. You'll find lots of support here. Good advice, someplace to 'vent' and sometimes just a lively chat! Glad you're here.