I started having health problems when I was 14. One day I woke up and was covered in rashes. Nobody knew what the rashes were from. Mom thought ringworm, the dermatologist said a tropical skin infection, and the family doctor had no clue what so ever. So I was just told to apply this magic potion lotion and it would go away. It did not.
Fast forward to 8 months later. I got really sick. Scary sick. Hair falling out, lost 25% of my body weight, still had the rashes, fatigue, so on and so forth. That’s when it was discovered I had an autoimmune disorder. But which one was all of a mystery. Seemed like every specialist in the world saw me before I was finally referred to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist told me as soon as I gained the weight back, I would be good as new. Slowly I was able to gain back the weight. However instead of getting better I got worse. Gaining the weight back was the fuel for the fire. More symptoms came, the swollen joints, the pain, and the fog. Lupus showed it’s ugly face big time.
At 16 I was diagnosed, I’m 17 now (a young 17…) and am doing my best to live life to the fullest regardless of lupus. Everyday is a challenge and a learning experience. Many teenagers do not stop to enjoy life, stress out about everything and take the simple things for granted. Lupus has taught me that everything is a privilege and not to take anything for granted. A life long journey lies ahead and I am ready to walk it.