I was officially diagnosed (SLE) just last week but I knew it was coming. I had extensive blood work done a few months ago and the results were clear. Even if I didn't have the full blown symptoms then I would at some point have Lupus. From the doctors appointment where I first heard of Lupus until now has only been 6 months, so I haven't had the long term struggle that most people seem to experience. I'm pretty okay with the medical side of it all right now. What I really want to know is how other people have dealt with the emotions of being diagnosed. I feel like I'm on a roller coaster of emotions...somedays I'm happy to be alive and grateful for all the wonderful things in life I have been given. Other times I'm upset about this disease and the changes it has made in my life. I feel like the physical symptoms would be so much easier to deal with if I could just get a better handle on the emotional aspect.