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ElyMiller000
08-31-2009, 02:29 PM
My name is Ely. I obviously have Lupus, systematic. I was diagnosed with it about a month and a half ago, but the symptoms began 2 months ago. I'm eighteen...apperantly it was pretty aggressive, but I feel good now. My Lupus caused problems in my kidneys, lungs, and heart...but everything is good now, my kidneys are still kinda crappy but I'm confident they'll also get better. Anyhow, everyone, stay strong. If you have any questions, do ask!

Oh, and today my hair started falling off...alot...but surprisingly I'm not upset.

scarby
08-31-2009, 04:36 PM
Hi Ely! Welcome! I'm glad to hear that things are better for you! I have great admiration for you - such a strong person with a faith in God. I am no where as bad as you've had it but I'm still struggling. See you around the forum!

mountaindreamer
08-31-2009, 07:47 PM
hi ely,

welcome to the group....i am so glad that you have found us, we are always available to help each other learn how to live with lupus.

i am so glad that you are doing better now....i hope your kidneys improve very soon.

we have several members who are about your age, and i am sure they will be along very soon to welcome you....

Angel Oliver
09-01-2009, 10:37 AM
Hello n welcome Ely,

Hope today is a good day for you and you did something nice or just rested.Everyone here are lovely and very caring.Sorry you have been diagnosed with Lupus but glad your body is healing a little may it continue, and hope your kidneys ease up too.Sorry your hair is falling out,but so glad its not upset you too much.My hair fell out like many here and it will hopefully grow back,mine did.Today is pig tail day aged 39...no way am i ever gonna grow up :)

Love n hugs
Amanda.xxxx

Saysusie
09-01-2009, 10:54 AM
I am glad that you found us :cute:. I am also glad to hear that your Lupus seems to be manageable right now. I hope that it remains that way. Are you also taking precautions in order to avoid flare-ups? Avoid the sun as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, make sure that you use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 35 and that blocks UVA as well as UVB rays. Wear lightweight clothing that covers your entire body, and always a hat and sunglasses.
Make sure that you get plenty of rest while also maintaining a regular exercise routine. Eat healthy, reduce or eliminate red meats, reduce dairy, avoid alfalfa, and eat vegetables (avoiding legumes) and fruit.
Very important, try to avoid undue stress. We, here at WHL, are here to help you in any way that we can. Come to us to vent, question, assist, or just to have fun. Check out our "Arcade", it has been a life saver in distracting us from our aches and pains. Also, there is a "Teens Forum" here where you can meet and share with other members in your age group.
Your hair loss is a common symptoms of Lupus. Don't worry, once your symptoms are treated and start to be eliminated, your hair will grow back. You did not mention what meds you are on. Are you taking Plaquenil? Prednisone? any NSAIDs?
I want to welcome you again and want you to know that you are not alone. We are here for you!

Peace and Blessings
Namaste
Saysusie

ElyMiller000
09-01-2009, 03:23 PM
I'm taking prednisone and Cytoxan

jcg196
09-01-2009, 05:36 PM
Hi Ely welcome to the site!! :cute:

Grime
09-01-2009, 05:55 PM
Hi Ely,
Welcome for another Texan. There is a number of members all over the state. I'm down on the coast just north of C.C. What part of the state do you live.

I love your attitude keep it up.

Delphinia981
09-02-2009, 07:20 AM
Hey Ely! Welcome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your avatar...too awesome. Glad you found us...hope all is well for you today!

ElyMiller000
09-02-2009, 09:38 PM
I live in Live Oak, its outside of San Antonio.

Thanks everyone for the welcome.

Grime
09-03-2009, 09:16 AM
Hi Ely,
I know right were you are located. I was raised up in Fredericksburg. I go up to the VA in S.A about once a month. I spent all last week up there getting more test run. Got to be up there again on Sept 24th.