My mother has been one of the most supportive people throughout my diagnosis. She has helped me deal with the emotional difficulties of dealing with a chronic illness. She has also been my advocate when I was unable to do so myself. I don't think I would have been able to make it this far without her help. In addition, my younger sister has also been a great help throughout my diagnosis. She has helped me manage my medications and she ensures I have taken them correctly.
Even when I was in pain, I would refuse to slow down. I learned that it isn't possible to be this way
Despite Lupus, I am proud that I was able to finish my university degree and attend my graduation.
My advice to someone else living with lupus is to listen to your body. If your body is telling you to rest or to slow down, do it. You understand your body better than anyone else. If something doesn't feel right or you're experiencing some unusual symptoms go to your physician. Do not give up until you get answers. Having a chronic illness is difficult but if you do not advocate for yourself or have someone to be your advocate your symptoms can get progressively worse.
I am a 22 year old who loves to travel, read, and scrapbook. I have recently started a scrapbook documenting my lupus journey.