My name is Alexandra Seipp but everyone calls me Alex. I am 20 years old and when I was three I was diagnosed with lupus (SLE). I spent thee months in the children’s ICU before the doctors figured out what was wrong.
I was in remission for a few years but on my 16th birthday my doctor told me that I was no longer in remission. At the age of 16, as a female and a teen, my world came crashing down around me. I went from worrying about a dress for the prom and going out with my friend’s to worrying if I would have enough time to do my homework after going to the doctor. I spent my 16th birthday in the hospital and for the past five years have been in and out of the doctors and the hospital.
But what keeps me strong is knowing that not everyday will be as bad as today. My favorite quote is, “You never how strong you are until being strong is all you have.” This quote has gotten me through a lot of bad days and it reminds me to stay strong and keep fighting. I have lupus but that doesn’t make me any less of a human.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.