Hi, my name is Roxanna, and I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE last summer of 2012. I believe I have lived with this condition for a long time, but was not diagnosed before. At the time of my diagnosis I was under a lot of stress, dealing with a divorce. All the changes associated with my divorce put a huge strain on my emotional and physical state. I am also a mother of three boys. and it is a juggling act to keep all in order and drama free.
My lupus flare up first came as an unexplained fever. I was tired all the time and had a lot of joint pains. As time passed I began having problems with coordination and balance. I fell many times. I could not understand at that time what was wrong with me. I was an athlete in college and have won medals in 400 meters track and field. I also was an aerobics instructor and personal trainer some years ago. However, in June 2012 my leg’s could not support my body, and I had to go to the hospital to be treated urgently.
I am still searching for answers, and I try to read all I can about my condition. It is very sad that there is no cure for it. Scientist are just beginning to understand how this disease works. I have been taking plaquenil, naproxen, prednisone, ondanzetron, concerta for seven months now. I recuperated from that flare up a few weeks after hospitalization. However, I am starting to feel bad again. This past week I started developing high fevers, and pain in my shoulder’s. I can’t reach above my shoulder’s, it is hard to wash my hair, cook, and do regular chores. Even a hand shake hurts.
All I can do is make the best of the good days, and rest on the bad days. I wish family would understand better. I guess because I look good on the outside people don’t know how it feels on the inside.
I just turned 40 a few days ago and I plan on celebrating many more birthdays with my kid’s. “We have two options, medically & emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.” — Lance Kenneth Armstrong
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