In May 2005, I was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks itself. Thanks to a team of wonderful doctors, eating organic, exercising regularly and adopting a “healthy” life, I have been able to keep the chronic illness at bay.
However, anyone with an autoimmune disease will tell you that you have peaks and valleys. Some days are good days, some days are just plain exhausting. When a person with lupus is tired, it is not like a normal person’s exhaustion. When we have pain and stiffness, it isn’t something that popping a pill will always cure. I am very blessed that I have been able to be self employed doing what I love.
For those suffering from autoimmune diseases like lupus (discoid or SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, celiac, Sjogren’s, or multiple sclerosis, we have a special cross to bear. I hope that, through blogs and speaking, that people with these chronic illnesses will keep hope and know that life may have given you a monkey on your back but you can still dance in the rain with some modifications to your routine and lifestyle.