I got diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2013. It has been a very long journey for myself and my family. After, the birth of my second child symptoms started to present themselves. My hands started swelling with immense pain followed by terrible body rashes that covered my entire body. I went to the doctor and had blood work done which confirmed that I needed to see a rheumatologist. They tired several different combinations of medications to find something to help manage the symptoms. It took 8 months before I had an official diagnosis.
Lupus come in like a thief and steals away the life that you have always known. I am riddled with joint & muscle pain, skin rashes, and cognitive issues. Then there are the days that I am lucky enough to get open lesions in my mouth, nose, and random places on my skin. Lupus is a disease where your body is in a constant war with itself. It attacks your body systems which include the lungs, kidney, heart, brain, and digestive system. Those are the major body systems that Lupus attacks. Lupus is a chronic-illness that often results in death. There is no cure for Lupus. The symptoms of Lupus are managed with medicine. I currently take five pills daily to keep my body at bay from attacking itself. I will need to take these medications for the rest of my life to manage my illness. My medications include a weekly oral dose of a chemo therapy drug. The side effects are awful, but a necessary evil to keep inflammation levels down. Please donate to the cause to help fund research for a cure. I will doing the Lupus walk on August 18th in Jackson. If you would like to join me call me at 269-506-8642.