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.

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