My Story: Tamekia Woods

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I was always a mover. Then all of a sudden one day I just became weak. It was so hard for me walk up stairs and get up from low places. At 16 years old, these things should have not been a problem. I kept telling my parents that I needed to get looked at. We finally went to a specialist and they told me I had Lupus, or SLE.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

Tamekia Woods with her parentsThrough my teenage years I really didn't change my lifestyle other than taking the medication I was prescribed. As I got older, I realized that I need to listen to my body and rest when I need to rest; stop worrying about things I can't control; and eat as healthy as I can.

 

Who has been there for you? How?

Honestly my parents and family have always been there for me. Especially my parents. They were there through my surgeries, my depression, and just basically mentally, emotionally, and physically and I love them for that.

My Story: Tamekia Woods

...no one really knew what lupus was but I'm glad it's being recognized now.

Believe in God because, through Him, all things are possible.

Believe in God because, through Him, all things are possible.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

That through all my surgeries, amputations and being mentally and emotionally disturbed I was able to overcome it all and still be able to live an independent life.

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

My Story: Tamekia WoodsTo live a happy fulfilled life and to always remember it's not the end of your life it's just a new chapter in your life. Keep in mind that things can always be worse. Believe in God because, through Him, all things are possible.

Always remember it's not the end of your life it's just a new chapter in your life.

Is there anything else we should know?

Well, I've been through so much that I became an open book so I can help others. Basically, I will answer any and all of the questions anyone has for me. I want to be an inspiration to everyone going through this invisible disease and I want everyone to understand lupus. I've been dealing with lupus since I was 16 years old and I am now 37. When I was diagnosed no one really knew what lupus was but I'm glad it's being recognized now.

About Tamekia Woods

My Story: Tamekia Woods
I am a 37 year old female from Newark, New Jersey. I was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 16.
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