Hey my ladies ! I am Kamyiah Blackmon and I am 15 years old. I found out I had lupus in late November of 2013. I remember (before finding out I had lupus) having inflammation in my joints all the time and they were stiff ALL THE TIME (I remember being in the grocery store with my mom and I would have problems bending down and getting things for her and my knees would be cracking)!!
It was also very hard for me to breathe, I couldn’t walk a half a block without breathing complications. I was also not so fun to be around because all I wanted to do was lay around and sleep (fatigue was also a huge factor) and people didn’t understand my situation. I was sore all the time. It was very hard for me to move around, be happy, and focus. I even took days off of school because my lupus flare ups were so bad.
Physically I wanted to give up and just sleep my life away but mentally I wouldn’t let myself do that because I knew I had dreams and goals that I wanted to pursue in life. There were days that I wanted to give up mentally too but my mom, a awesome strong woman in my life, would always encourage me and keep me going. But, now I am on medications that helps with my lupus, like prednisone (which I hate taking by the way). Even though there are poopy day that I still have, I have to remind myself that I have lupus, lupus doesn’t have me. If I want to get anywhere in life I have to overcome the obstacles that lupus throws my way.
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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.