Diagnosed at 19

What do you want others to know about lupus?

Lupus is a painful and unpleasant disease. Although the pain can sometimes be debilitating and unbearable, the most important thing you can do is stay positive. Lupus deals with fatigue, stiffness in the joints,rashes,sensitivity to sun, as well as problems in the kidneys,heart,brain and lungs. It is also extremely difficult to diagnose. I was diagnosed at 19.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

Lupus is an unpredictable disease. I deal with it everyday and will for the rest of my life. I take medication to keep it under control. I stay calm and try not to stress out about things that might cause a flare-up. I don't put myself in situations if I know that its not good for my health. I try to stay positive with everything. I love preparing,raising money in donations and participating in the Lupus walks every year. Having Lupus has changed how I function completely. I love spreading the word and educating people about Lupus.

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