Hi, I'm Barb R. I just found out today that I have lupus today, and have been reading anything and everything about it. Needless to say, this was a long, stressful day. When I got the diagnosis today, in a sense, it was a relief. I say that it was a relief because I felt that all of my organs have been deteriorating at a fast rate, and the helplessness of not knowing what was going on was a bad feeling. This is the first Lupus website I came across during my research today, and I hope to gain more knowledge and a better understanding of how lupus effects ones life. I also hope I can provide open and enlightening thoughts and ideas , and understanding and hope to others like me.