I look back 11 years ago, when I was diagnosed with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and I honestly am blessed it flared up when it did.

A tragic loss

I lost my 11-year-old autistic son in an accident a year after I became disabled. The part I wouldn't trade for being healthy is, I was able to spend that final year of his life focused on him. Of course, at the time, I didn't know the tragedy was coming, and was enjoying the time I didn't have to work with him.

The gift of time

That is what made my diagnosis of SLE much more tolerable. To this day (10 yrs later), I am thankful that God gave me this gift. Even though it can be a curse at times.

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