Minnie
Diagnosed at 28

What do you want others to know about lupus?

I've learned not to let the symptoms get the best of me. Yes, I hurt. Yes, I get exhausted easily. And, yes, there are days when I would rather just stay in bed. A positive attitude is everything.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

Lupus makes the smallest chores seem impossible sometimes. I have to do a lot of self-talk to get myself through some days. I used to be a really social person, but that has diminished a lot. It is hard sometimes to remember that I am only 36 when I get up in the morning and my entire body hurts. It is a true challenge. On the flip-side, it makes you cherish the good days and make the most of them.

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