Diagnosed at 35

What do you want others to know about lupus?

Lupus has made life much more challenging for me, but has also forced me to look at life much more differently. I am more positive now, I stop and appreciate the little things in life that before just blew by. I can no longer work, which is tough...but I can still try to be the best mom and wife I can.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

Lupus has forced me to stop working and I'm now on disability. It is hard because I'm a mom to two young children, and often I miss out because I have to rest. I am much more involved in charity now that I have this disease. My team for the lupus walk has raised almost 10,000 in two years, and I'm really proud of that. I'm scared what comes next, I sure hope it's a cure!

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