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Teresa Ann
07-22-2011, 05:36 AM
Hi, I'm new to this site but not new to the lupus life. I was diagnosed 22 years ago but knew something was seriously wrong ten years before that when I was 12.

Linda From Australia
07-22-2011, 05:39 AM
Hi Teresa, and welcome to WHL. I am looking forward to hearing all about how you manage your Lupus, along with giving us some advice

Teresa Ann
07-22-2011, 05:56 AM
Wow! How nice it was to get such a quick and friendly response. I have spent most of my life trying to pretend and ignore the fact that I am sick so after all thhese years, this is my first attempt at reaching out for a support group. I am truly looking forward to meeting new people, sharing information and making new friends. Thanks again for saying hello.

Linda From Australia
07-22-2011, 06:03 AM
Wow! How nice it was to get such a quick and friendly response.

Quick? Now that is such a nice thing to say about me, usually my work colleagues tease me (constantly) about how slow I am.

Friendly? Now that is me, see my smile on my photo, that is how I spend most of my days, well when people are looking at me I smile my biggest smile, when they look away, now that is another story. (I try to hide my pain so no one knows how much pain I am in, but I am not very good at hiding at times)

Teresa Ann
07-22-2011, 06:20 AM
Well we have a lot in common it seems.

I am slow - due to pain but I try my best to always push thru it!

I am "known" for my smile and positive attitude. I also work hard to share a smile with everyone I come in contact with and not show the pain in my face.

I'm very open about my illnesses (I also have Fibromyalgia) but I prefer that peope be surprised to hear I'm sick rather than find out and think "so that's what's wrong with her". Do you know what I mean?

I see you are newly (one year) diagnosed... How are you doing?

steve.b
07-22-2011, 06:47 AM
hi teresa,
and welcome to our cyber family.
i am almost 50, diagnosed about 3 years ago, but suffered for over 30 years.
i hope to get to know you over time.
please read through old threads, and comment where you feel the need.
start a new one when you are ready.

rob
07-22-2011, 07:36 AM
Hello Teresa,

Welcome to WHL. This place was my first attempt at reaching out to a support group too, and 3 years later, I'm still here! I was diagnosed with SLE in 2004. Your 22 years of experience living with Lupus is most welcome here.

Please make yourself at home,

Rob

magistramarla
07-22-2011, 03:56 PM
Hi Teresa,
Welcome to WHL. There are several of us here who live in Ca. I live on the Monterey Bay, which is like living in paradise.
We're glad you're here, and I hope that you keep coming back to share your years of experience.
Hugs,
Marla

Elo
07-22-2011, 07:10 PM
Welcome to WHL! Whatever your reason in deciding to join - i'm glad you did (: it's such a great place to talk to wonderful people who really "get" you.
Seeing people and hearing the stories who have lived with Lupus for so long and are still dealing is such a comfort for so many people who are new to the disease (: So one big welcome from me to you!

Peridot20_Gem
07-23-2011, 06:00 AM
Hello Theresa,

A lovely warm welcome to WHL and nice to have you with us...now knowing it's time to reach out and get involved with people suffering in the
same postion as yourself, there's loads of threads to help you understand it more and other issues which can become involved with what ever you've been diagnosed...has the specialist actually told you what you have concerning the Lupus or just Lupus in general??

I'm now 42 i was diagnosed 4yrs ago with Raynauds and 3yrs ago with Lupus etc but for years had ailments which the Lupus caused and when i saw the Rheumo i was told i was born with it.

Your on a site where love and support goes along way with member's on issues and you'll always be answered in due cause as it's a 24/7 forum.

It will be lovely getting to know you. Terry xxx