My Story: Monique Lloyd

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

In 2007 my husband found several patches where I had lost my hair. I had also broken out in what looked like hives. At this point I had already been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

My primary care doctor recommended I see a dermatologist to determine what was going on with my skin. The dermatologist did a skin punch test and found discoid (skin) lupus, and he told me that most people who present with DLE have SLE as well.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I avoid the direct sun to prevent flares, keep my stress levels as low as possible, stay warm, and most of all trust God and enjoy my life.

Who has been there for you? How?

My husband, children, mother, sister, niece and two best friends, Faye and Cathy.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

Graduating from my first year of Bible institute with honors, attaining my second property management certification, and surviving and continuing to beat breast cancer for four years now!

What's your advice to someone else living with Lupus?

It is a daily fight that you can win. You have to want to enjoy the life that God gave you, and be appreciative for it and those around you who love you. Don’t stop living! You may have lupus but don't let it have you!

I thank my husband and family for being there to hold my hand when I need them.

I thank my husband and family for being there to hold my hand when I need them.

Is there anything else we should know?

In 2011 I had stage 3b invasive aggressive breast cancer, complete with 20 weeks of chemo, double mastectomy and reconstruction – plus I had spine surgery! One would think I am not supposed to be here, but God had plans for me. The road had not been easy but I have kept working and graduated my first year of Bible Institute with honors last year. I work full time and try to be a testimony to those dealing with the same issues and more. I am also a mentor for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. I give God the glory for all I am and have done. I thank my husband and family for being there to hold my hand when I need them.

In 2016 I will have beaten breast cancer for five years. My husband and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and will renew our vows just before going to Jamaica, if we can raise the money in time.

You have to want to enjoy the life that God gave you, and be appreciative for it.

About Monique Lloyd

My Story: Monique Lloyd

I am 49 years young with three children, and have been married to the love of my life for nine years. He and my family have seen me through the diagnosis of RA in ’07, lupus DLE and SLE in ’07, and breast cancer treatment and spine surgery in 2011 and osteoarthritis in 2013.

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