Ava Meena became a lupus advocate after receiving her diagnosis in 2017. She suffered from years of unexplained pain and illness and is grateful to now be part of a community of lupus warriors.
Ava previously worked as a chemist and, while she can no longer work full-time, her education has helped immensely when it comes to deciphering the complex nature of lupus and the medications used to treat it. She now focuses on freelance writing and blogging on her good days.
On her blog, she shares her life with lupus and her insatiable love for travel, which she discovered while living as an expat in Germany. She loves to go hiking, take photos, and plan trips to fun places. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, two birds, and (soon) baby Meena – arriving in May 2018.
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