Diagnosed at 32

What do you want others to know about lupus?

I would like for people to know that it can happen to anyone but it's so important to pay attention to your body. When something is not right with you your body let's you know. Take this seriously. I was diagnosed at 32 but my symptoms started when I was five and Dr.'s couldn't figure it out. Try to live!!!

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

I lost my job. I go through lupus exacerbations more often than not. It's difficult to live a normal life with a disease that is affected by everything you do. The saddest thing for me is that I have a 5 year old little boy who is very active and loves to play rough and be tickled. I can't tickle him because my hands, wrists and arms are too swollen or stiff. I can't play rough because I hurt so much. I just pray for a cure.

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