Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disorder that is estimated to affect at least 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide. There is no known cause and no known cure. Essentially what happens in someone with lupus is that their immune system begins to attack healthy tissue for no apparent reason. It can affect the joints, skin and organs.
I have been diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis (meaning it damages my kidneys) since January 2005 and have been living with it ever since. It is a disease that has changed my life dramatically and even though I’ve been blogging for years I never really wrote in depth about my experience with lupus until now. Eight years is a lot to catch up on so I’m writing about it in parts, please bear with me as I complete the story!
Part 1: Introducing lupus – my unwanted life companion
Part 2: Surprise! Your kidneys are broken.
Part 3: Struggling with arthritis
Part 4: New normal
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I’ve been a fan from afar, but I wanted to reach out. I have a close friend from Las Vegas who has also been diagnosed with Lupus, and is also a young mother. As she has, it seems you’ve been through tough times, but also inspiring times.
Since you are a fellow writer, I thought you might appreciate a book I recently finished writing entitled ‘Transcended.’ As of Christmas this year, I’ve signed with professional representation, but based on your voice, I think you’ll like it. If you are interested, I’d be happy to send you a copy of the manuscript.
Thanks again for your contributions with transcended.net
All the best,