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My diagnosis 24 years ago

My diagnosis of Lupus 24 years ago wasn't easy at first. It all started in class during my senior year of high school. My government teacher saw I was fatigued in class one day and I told her I was tired and it was wrong. I did get concerned and told my mom this. I didn't want to get it checked out at first and mom got me to do it following two more symptoms of it. I did see a specialist having a test done which came up as Lupus. The tough part was being told I have Lupus and was in the dumps at first. Parents convinced me not let it hold me back. At age 18, I thought it would never happen to me. It did get better day by day. I was also tormented from it too, bullies thought it was contagious with me giving it to someone else and learned this wasn't true. At age 42, I am amazed that I don't let this hold me back. I live a good life to this day and one inspiration is my husband of 19 years who has been there for support.

  1. Thank you for sharing your story Holly. You are incredible! Warmly, Rackel ( Team Member)

    1. I think it's great that you don't let your lupus hold you back, . It sounds like it hasn't been an easy journey, but you have been persevering one day at a time. I'm also really happy to hear that you have a good support system - that helps a lot! Sending lots of positive energy your way and hope that you continue to do well.
      - Cody (Community Moderator)

      1. I still have time with my dad, deer and turkey hunting having an active life. Lupus has not held me back doing this, including being a high school principal. Students know I have this and are cool about it. I even told my story in the health classes, the health teacher asked me to do it and didn't turn it down. I let the students ask questions and I answered them. It was hard at first, the high school counselor and I had a talk. Told me don't take life for granted thinking it is not going to happen. It has been one step at a time overcoming it

        1. Thanks for sharing your story. I am so glad today you are still fighting and have the support to get you through those tough moments. You are amazing and I'm so happy you are here to share that inspiration. Thank Goodness for your husband too! ~Racquel ~ team member

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