What do you want others to know about lupus?

I want people to take Lupus symptoms seriously and not mark off pro-active behaviors as "hypochondriac" responses. If more people know what the symptoms are, and don't just base a persons health on looks alone, correct diagnoses can be made.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

My symptoms started out as extreme fatigue, joint pain, and skin rashes. But not until my hair started falling out did my family take my complaints seriously. My husband knew how serious my everyday symptoms were and urged me to get them checked out despite this. Now that I've been diagnosed my medications have started subduing my symptoms. I urge families to take all symptoms seriously so that diagnoses can be made.

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