Hello! I’m Nafz, 22 years old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 14 years old, in my 2nd year of high school. I was able to see a lot of doctors, but they could not tell me what I had. One day, I was rushed to the hospital, due to on-and-off fever, joint pains, anemia, hair loss, and many other problems. I was admitted for about 7 days. I learned what I had after 1 month from the date of my admission. My family and my doctor decided not to tell me right away to let me achieve full recovery. When I found out, I felt like my heart was breaking, and I didn’t know what to do or how to live this kind of life or how to be brave enough to face everything.
I never stopped dreaming. They wanted me to stop going to school, but I would prove to them that I could handle studying and taking care of myself. During my college years, I felt like I didn’t have any illness at all. I thought I was living like a normal person. But my last year in college was the most unforgettable year I had ever had. I came in and out of the hospital throughout the year. I was admitted 5 times. I underwent a lot of treatment just to survive.
In February of that same year, my father was diagnosed with urinary bladder cancer, stage 3, and my mother was bedridden, due to a lumbar compression fracture. I felt like I wanted to die, and I didn’t know what to do or how to be brave for them and for myself. I’m thankful that God never leaves me, and I have a lot of people supporting me through everything: my family, cousins, friends, and other loved ones. I never tell myself that I cannot handle all my trials. I see those trials as my inspiration to follow my dreams and to be who I want to be. Now I’m a nurse, working in a hospital. I take care of patients and help them to be cured. I attend to their needs because I was a patient before, and I know how they feel.
When I came to this site, I was so glad because here we are given a privilege to speak our feelings. To other lupus patients, I advise you to always pray and spend a lot of time with your loved ones and be happy as you can be. I know there are a lot of people who cannot understand what we have, but always remember that no one can make us feel better except ourselves. 🙂
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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.