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Jamela’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Lupus)

Purple RibbonI am Jamela and I’m 19 years old. After long hours of practicing in a school choir, when I was ten, I collapsed. My mom took me to a doctor and I was diagnosed with lupus. For a second opinion, mom and dad took me to another doctor, but I was only prescribed with vitamins.

After 8 years, we consulted that doctor again because I have herpes every year, skin rashes on my body, and my joints were swelling. At this time, I had a butterfly rash. The doctor looked at my face and diagnosed me lupus. She immediately ordered lab tests. The result was positive and she found that my SGPT, which is for liver, was high. She prescribed Inlex for my liver, Plaquenil and Azathioprine for my joints, and Prednisone for my skin. After 3 months, my liver enzymes came back to normal.

Now I’m on Plaquenil, Azathioprine, Prednisone, and Isoniazid. I get regular checkups quarterly. I do exercises and I walk for 30 minutes every other day. I do it early in the morning and sometimes  late afternoon since the doctor said to avoid the sun. I feel good so far.

Jamela
Philippines
Submitted 9-15-2012

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