Joni
Diagnosed at 17

What do you want others to know about lupus?

I want people to know that Lupus can affect anyone and to know the signs. It is an autoimmune disease were your immune system doesn't know the difference between foreign invaders and healthy tissue. This leads to attacks on healthy body tissues than can cause life threatening problems. Try to stay as healthy as possible. Eat right and exercise regularly.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

It has caused many changes in my life. Some medications has caused me to have permanent ringing in my ears. Inflammation in my joints and regular lupus flares in the fall months. Also I had to go through two total hip replacements and now having right knee issues. I do hope a cure is found one day for this dibilitating disease. I do most importantly try to stay positive and keep God first.

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