I began experiencing terrible headaches, fatigue, and muscle/joint pain about 13 years ago, but I didn’t take the symptoms seriously. As my symptoms became stronger, and with a family history of lupus, I knew it was time to see a doctor. I made my first appointment with my rheumatologist in the middle of 2006, who suspected lupus right from the get go. After that visit, however, I put my health issues on the backburner because my brother-in-law was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I made Michael and my family my first priority. Unfortunately, Michael’s fight was short-lived and we lost him in June 2007.