Hi everyone,
I am a 21 year old junior in college. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 1999. I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia, so it was difficult to diagnose the lupus when I first got sick. Before I start to vent let me tell you something good. I know I am blessed. After almost 7 years with lupus- I am not on any meds, besides my pain meds and those are only occasional. I am in school, getting ready to graduate. Lupus slowed me down, but it didnt stop me.

For some time now I've had sores on my hands that open up and bleed. My hands hurt so bad that I haveto take pain meds and I am unable to do anything until I get relief. The pain comes and goes and I've been good for a bit, but today it was a bit much much. I've been to other sites and i've never met anyone who shared this symptom so I've always felt a bit lonely- but I understand that lupus affects everyone differently.

I am trying not to complain to anyone because the Lord has brought me back a looooong way and I remeber how bad things were and I know how bad they could get. And I am very grateful- but sometimes I just want to vent when the lupus gets to be a bit much.

I want to thank the moderators and creators of support sites like this becasue they provide not only information but a forum for support and a place for safe katharsis (such as venting). So thank you- and thanks for "listening"