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  1. I post my first blog here

    Well here it goes... My name is Lea I live in a very small town of South Carolina called Jackson. It is about 5 miles from Augusta Ga.

    My family and I moved here about 5 years ago. That's when we bought our first house. I was married in 1998 to a very wonderful man, it was my second marrage. The first one we want talk about, just to say I had 3 beautiful children with him and he introdued me to my wonderful husband.

    When I was 18 years old I had a child named Sarah ...
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  2. 7.1.09

    So, just needed to unwind. Things at home are great. Keith takes care of me like no other. He surprised me the other day by wearing a purple Lupus support bracelet-big burley homophobic firefighter keith-wears this purple bracelet with a butterfly on it. LOL. Anyway, been under a lot of stress taking a huge national test for work and fixin to start nursing school. My parents just informed me they're getting a divorce (finally) but it's still hard. My body aches. I work 24 hours on and 48 off for ...
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  3. New Photo Album

    I decided to start an album of my symptom pics. I am calling it This Is What I Look Like When I Flare. Obviously, there are symptoms that are just not photographic (fatigue for example) but these are selections of ones that are. I wanted a place to share with you what my symptoms look like and get feedback on them. Please feel free to swing by and leave a comment. I will try to add new photos of symptoms from time to time.
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  4. Vent!

    I was diagnosed originally in November 2008
    Then downgraded to something else in December by a Rheumatologist who... well, lets just say the "professional" was not satisfying the analyst within me or making any kind of logical sense -
    I moved all of my specialist care elsewhere and established myself with a very nice Rheumatologist that for the most part seems to operate logically and consistently.

    Long story - several hospitalizations and a bypass later I ...
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  5. unusual worry

    this may sound a little weird but I am a little worried. I have a 2nd opinion appointment with a new rheumy on the 2nd and right now I am feeling soooooooooo good, that I am barely showing any flare signs. Ankle swelling, gone. Stomach has been good. Psoriasis on eyelids cured with the FML. Random rash on legs just a mere scar now. Cheeks noticeably less red lately. Energy level is up. Joints are feeling good enough to go dancing and walking again. *sigh* I realize that this is actually ...
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