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My Story: Eboni Cohran

My Story: Eboni Cohran

When I first found out I suffered from lupus I was 30 years old with a three-year-old son. After seeing my primary care physician and the rheumatologist, I started a daily regimen of medications and a new diet. Listen to your body, rest, take your medications, change your diet, stay hydrated and, if at all possible, exercise. Keep living, keep loving and keep learning. Your battle with this disease is not over until God says so!

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 12, 2015
My Story: Elysa Manning

My Story: Elysa Manning

It took me an incredibly long time to be diagnosed. My family have all been very supportive, and the charity Lupus UK has been great – they have sent me countless books and other materials to support me. Always remember that you are LIVING WITH lupus. It does not define you and it is not all that you are. There will be times when others do not understand that you feel consumed by your lupus, because you do not look sick. Never let another person…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 6, 2015
My Story: Pamela Hope Cincotta

My Story: Pamela Hope Cincotta

I've been dealt a challenging hand and if you have too, don't fold – the payout is good. Prepare yourself. For me, I set up therapy to prepare myself for the loss I knew I'd feel. The loss of my lifestyle is as real as the death of a loved one. I actually feel lucky, I've LIVED and it's been a fun ride, and the ride isn't over! You're about to find out how truly strong and awesome you are, and you'll be able to…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 29, 2014
My Story: Frances Wilson

My Story: Frances Wilson

I first started having leg cramps, and then I started losing a lot of weight. I had started dieting and going to the gym, so I thought it was because of that. Then I had an ulcer in my mouth, and I started falling asleep while sitting at red lights on my way to work! It wasn't until I had red spots on my legs that my primary doctor took me seriously, as that was a sign of kidney failure. I was admitted to the…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 16, 2014
My Story: Brandy Ostler

My Story: Brandy Ostler

It was the summer of 2006 that I first noticed something odd. I took a trip to the doctor because I had a sore throat that simply wouldn't let up. It was strep and the doctor gave me a shot of penicillin. Within a couple of hours, I was completely covered in hives.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on December 8, 2014
My Story: Meredith Evans White

My Story: Meredith Evans White

I am 38-year-old mom to two daughters. I began getting weaker and weaker, sleeping more than 12 hours a day. My primary doctor could not find a cause or any treatment that worked for almost two years. Anyone who has a loved one with lupus, please listen with an open heart and mind; we hate saying we are sick and being sick. Slow down and enjoy life, family and any little thing you love.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 26, 2014
Virginia Guindon

My Story: Virginia Guindon

Lupus runs in my family. I started having symptoms when I was in junior high school – migraine headaches, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and low-grade fevers. At that time the LE Prep test was all that the doctors were doing and mine kept coming up negative. Then in 1985 I became pregnant and a difficult pregnancy it was. I was 21 weeks pregnant, in a hospital on the verge of losing my baby boy. He was born 8 weeks early and spent a week in…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 19, 2014
My Story: Nichole Marshall

My Story: Nichole Marshall

I was diagnosed 1998, a year after I graduated from school. It was very hard for me to accept this change in my life. I am proud of myself for not giving up. I went back to college and graduated from Liberty University. Stay strong, listen what your doctors says. Never feel like you are a burden, because you’re not. Life has it tolls for everybody. God won’t put anything on you that you can’t bare. Remember, you are pretty!

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 7, 2014
My Story: Jephanie Barnes

My Story: Jephanie Barnes

I am 26 years old. I was born in Brazil and raised in San Diego. I don't know if anyone else in my family has ever had lupus. I take it day by day and I get scared at times, but I know that everything will be ok. Know that there are so many people like you going through the same thing. You will have good and bad days but know there are people who love and will support you. I will never let lupus…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 5, 2014
My Story: Autumn McKinney

My Story: Autumn McKinney

living with SLE and other diseases has ultimately turned our lives upside down. I find comfort in knowing that as a family we are fighting this together, that I AM NOT alone. The comfort is knowing that I can share my story and help others cope as well as educate the world. Although this illness is very complicated and difficult to live with, I was just relieved that I had a final diagnosis and I could start being treated correctly.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 28, 2014