How It All Started

I was diagnosed with Lupus in December 2019.

Health conditions in my family

I probably would have never known if I had not requested testing for it after the loss of my sister in August of 2019. She was diagnosed when she was 16. At the time of her passing she had also been diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer. She spent most of her adult life in and out of hospitals until she was permanently placed in a nursing and rehabilitation center where she spent her last few years. I take care of our mom whose health is not very well either.

Maintaining lupus treatment

My biggest issue is the osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. And the sun and I no longer get along. The good thing right now is that I am only on one daily medication. I get bloodwork every three months, see my Rheumatologist every six months and do all of my other routine follow-ups with my PCP. Overall, I am doing well.

Returning to work

Recently had a partial knee replacement, it will be 9 weeks on Monday. Hoping to return to work this week, even if it only part-time for a few weeks. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the community and the ability to share my story.

Interested in sharing your own diagnosis story, treatment experience, or another aspect of living with lupus?

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

More on this topic

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.