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Em
12-27-2008, 06:35 PM
Hi :D
My name is Emma (Em)
I've JUST heard about this site. I've not been on a Forum type site b4 so hope im not messing this up lol!
I have Lupus obviously, SLE.
I'd love to hear from others and look forward to using this site regularly.

sits_inthe_corner
12-28-2008, 03:37 AM
Welcome Em,

I've not been diagnosed as yet, I've had a mix of possitive, boarder line and negative ANA tests.

My mother had lupus, my sister has been diagnosed for many years, I've had many symptoms since I was 18 or 19 yrs old, but it's just been the last couple of years that things have gotten worse.

This site has been very helpful to me and great source of comfort and support.

I'm sure the others will be along soon to welcome you.

Novastar
12-28-2008, 05:11 AM
Hi Em,

I am also new on here - I have had a massive rant and now I feel a lot better! I have found just reading things posted by others with the same condition has helped me a lot - my friends dont really understand (although they try to) and it is nice to be able to talk with people going through the same thing...

I looked in the mirror this morning and saw I have my first ever butterfly rash. At first I was really upset, as having something physical that you can SEE made it really real...but now I am ok about it - it almost feels like a 'rite of passage' that at least I have something now people an see...

although I am wondering how long will it last? it is still there...I keep looking at myself in the mirror and the damn thing has not disappeared...will I have it a long time? Why does it appear? I dont understand, and with this disease, I have a feeling there is always going to be new things that I never will understand the whole thing.

sits_inthe_corner
12-28-2008, 06:53 AM
Hi Novastar

The butterfly rash was my first symptom. It appeared when I was 18 yrs old.

For me, I've had it ever since. It fades off but certain things seem to flare it up.

Being is direct sunlight. Harsh chemicals (some make-ups and creams). Temperature changes. Intense heat or cold.

If it gets really bad my doctor gives me a cream to help settle it down.

I can't speak for others, so perhaps it goes away. I've gotten used to it and have found Cover Girl foundation (oil free) works well on my skin.

Saysusie
12-28-2008, 09:28 AM
Welcome Em. I'm glad that you found us and that you decided to join us!

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

mountaindreamer
12-28-2008, 10:16 AM
Welcome Elm,

As you can see, there will always be someone to answer questions. Welcome,

share a smile today,

karli1238
12-28-2008, 03:48 PM
Welcome emma!

Novastar I got a big laugh from ur post when u tried to curse. It says holy censor batman. So funny. Lol!

KathyW1958
12-29-2008, 04:57 AM
Hi Em,
Welcome to the site. This is a really nice site. My name is Kathy and I just wanted to welcome you to the site.

Hugs,
Kathy