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KBFranz
11-19-2012, 01:02 PM
Hello, my name is Kely and I was diagnosed with lupus in September. This past May (2012) I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. After getting a second opinion, I found I actually have Lupus and not RA. I am just trying to figure this all out and find the right treatment. I am 30 and I am very happy to have found this forum! I look forward to learning more about what it means to have Lupus and to hear from other people in the same boat as me!

jmail
11-19-2012, 04:50 PM
Hi Kely, and welcome to the WHL forum, glad you found us. Be sure and look around, read some "stickies" and other posts, etc. Do you have a good rheumatologist?

tgal
11-19-2012, 05:02 PM
Hi and welcome to the WHL family! I am so sorry that you have the need to find us but, since you do, I am glad you are here!

Please make yourself at home. Feel free to look around and ask any questions you may have. We will be here for you as you travel down this new road.

rob
11-19-2012, 09:08 PM
Hello Kely,

You've found a rather large boat of others like you.

Welcome, and please make yourself at home!

Rob

Saysusie
11-20-2012, 12:10 AM
Hello Kelly;
Welcome to our family. Being newly diagnosed, I know that you have lots of questions. We are here to help you as much as we can and to make sure that you know that you are not alone.
As has been suggested, please feel free to read through the posts in any of the forums, jump in to any conversation or start one of your own. Make sure that you read the "sticky" posts on top of each forum, they are a wealth of information.
Again, welcome and I am glad that you joined us.

Peace and Blessings
Namaste
Saysusie

steve.b
11-20-2012, 04:38 AM
hi kelly.
one thing to remember when doctors are diagnosing auto immune "stuff".

there is no actual test to confirm a diagnosis, for most immune problems.
doctors usually need to run tests, to rule out things.
what is left after that is guess work, and reading your symptoms.

unfortunatelly science cannot find answers for us all the time.
our body is far to complex and unpredictable.

BonusMom
11-21-2012, 11:01 PM
Welcome aboard!

You've found a supportive and educated group of fellow lupies!

No question is a stupid one, especially when you're a newbie.

magistramarla
11-23-2012, 09:22 PM
Hi Kely,
Welcome to WHL.
Many of us get more than one diagnosis. It's possible to have more than one autoimmune disease - it seems that if you have one, it likes to invite its friends.
Hugs,
Marla