Lohnnie
Diagnosed at 15

What do you want others to know about lupus?

Lupus can be a disease that can make or break you. I decided a long time ago that I didn't want to let it control me....that I was going to live...period.

Why is lupus a cruel mystery to you?

I was diagnosed at the age of 15 years old. I will never forget the years prior to my diagnosis...I suffered and didn't even know why. My mother wasn't able to afford insurance so going to the doctor was out of the question until I got into the 9th grade in high school. I was falling asleep in my classes, having trouble walking up stairs, my joints ached, I threw up for no reason, lost weight in a matter of weeks....all in my 9th grade year of high school. I have learned since then, what triggers my Lupus and how to manage. I have also lost many people around me from Lupus as well as my half sister. And while I feel that Lupus has taken some things away from me...it has also given me a way to cope and manage my everyday life.

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