Hi, I’m 22 years old, and I was diagnosed with lupus three years ago, around my 3rd year at university. It was around finals, and I was really stressed about my grades and maintaining a high GPA. Little did I know, my fate was about to change. I noticed some weight loss two weeks prior to my diagnosis, but I shrugged it off, thinking it was due to the stress of studying. Then, I started to develop this back pain. I thought it was my mattress, so I changed it, but it did not help. Suddenly, there was this terrible pain in my hands. I could not even bend my fingers. I told my mom something was wrong, but she said it was due to exam stress. One night, my knees were swollen, and I had an extremely high fever. My jaw was completely locked, and I felt so cold, I was trembling. The next morning, I could not move. That was when we decided to go to the family doctor. He ordered some blood tests, put me on some antibiotics, and told me to rest for one week. I went back to him the following week, and he repeated the blood test that showed my blood count was dropping and I was anemic.
He referred me to a rheumatologist who did the ANA test, which came back positive. Since I was diagnosed, I faced many difficulties, and I was in denial. The rashes made me self conscious, and depending on others to feed, bathe and clothe me made me feel helpless and weak. Not being able to do things that I’m accustomed to made me angry, but I decided to fight. I graduated with my degree in the allotted four years, and I’m so proud of myself. I’m expecting to complete my studies beginning in September.
Although living with lupus is a daily struggle, I’m happy to have life and a family who loves and supports me. People may not understand how hard it is to constantly keep fighting this daily battle, but hey, it’s ok that they don’t, as long as you know you are winning. #fightlikeagirl #lupuswarrior #nevergivingup
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