Hey girls! My name is Nicole. I am 18 years old. For the first couple of years of my life, I was an active, fun girl – that is, until 2000 when I started having extreme joint pain and was always tired. For about 2 years doctors couldn’t tell me what was wrong – until I drove 200 miles to a children’s hospital in Houston, Texas.
A doctor walks in, exams me, and says “you have lupus”. I was prescribed prednisone. I gained weight, my cheeks became red/fluffy, and I lost a lot of hair. I’m constantly getting sick and have been paralyzed from the waist down 3 times but I’m going to therapy. Its hard living with it but my mom has never left my side and together we will fight till I have control over my own body!
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