My 10 year Lupus Anniversary

I was diagnosis with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in July 2010 and from that point on my life had changed. I went from being a healthy (little overweight) motivated, working from 9 to 5, wife and mom to being admitted to the hospital for 2 months, going through chemotherapy, kidney biopsy, taking between 9 to 15 medications and almost being put on dialysis. The funny thing about all of this was I didn’t know how I contacted Lupus, it wasn’t in my family history (as far as I knew) and to this day I still have no clue

Next Month will be 10 years since I was diagnosis with Lupus, I do have my good days and bad days, unfortunately, having Lupus makes you susceptible for all other possible medical issues, in 2013 I was diagnosis with Thyroid Cancer and had to have both glands removed and now I have to take medication for it for the rest of my life, then in 2019 I was diagnosis with a blood clot in my right leg, and of course I am taking medication for it. Sometimes I wonder if I didn’t have Lupus would I still had Thyroid Cancer or a Blood clot, I will never know.

I am grateful God helped me through these last 10 years, I will admit it was hard, very hard, I was scared and I honestly thought I was going to die. I am also grateful for the doctors and nurses, I do my best to keep up with my doctor’s appointments and taking my medication every day. I continue to pray for a cure but, in the meantime I will continue to keep fighting .

I want to conclude by saying In some strang way I am glad I was diagnosis with Lupus because it made me appreciate life more, it made my faith in God stronger and it made me want to get more out of life. My mother always told me, everything happens for a reason, and I believe getting Lupus was meant to be.

Submitted by: Celeste Lewis