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JoAnn’s Story (Lupus)

Elizabeth's Story EndometriosisI was 16 when I got diagnosed with lupus. I had been sick for a few days, but we figured it was just my nervous stomach. Then I started vomiting, and I couldn’t keep anything down. We battled with the ER a lot.

We went to Riley Hospital for Children to see a hemoglobin specialist, and she did not like anything she saw. So she put me in the hospital.

I am 17 now. This has affected my schooling a lot. I’ve lost a lot of friends, but I’ve also made a lot of friends in the process.

I have had so many battles along the way this year, I’ve begun calling the ER “home away from home.” It seems at least once or twice a month I’m going to the ER because I’m not doing good at all.

Having lupus has made my faith and many of my friendships a lot stronger, and I’ve been a fighter since the very beginning. It’s been a hard road, but all I can say is, thanks to my boyfriend, who I’ve been with since February, for being with me through everything I’ve had going on and for dealing with how unpredictable my health is.

JoAnn
Indiana
Submitted 05/17/2016

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.

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  1. You sound like a very brave lady JoAnn. I am so glad that you have a good support system to get you through.

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