Hello New Friend,
Welcome to this wonderful family of friends, you will soon feel right at home with all of these people. Like you, I thought I was strong enough to handle the unpredictable turns that lupus and its progression would take me through; but I sincerely believe that we were never made to live our lives alone.
I believe that we ALL have the need to find that safe harbor in our lives, where we can bring our fears, burdens, questions; and feel safe that those concerns will be treated with great care and respect.....and I have to tell you that this is where I have found my safe harbor.
There are so many caring, knowledgeable folks here that can help you through this rough time. This disease is not for sissies; it brings the strongest of the strong to their knees at times; so please know that there are so so many people here who are willing to walk beside you and help you through those valleys; as Saysusie reassured you - you are not alone....and you never need to be alone.
So hang on, hold on to hope....and remember once we get through those valleys- we all look back and can see that while it's beautiful and majestic on the mountaintop - it's in the valley where all things grow; our hopes, our strength; endurance; perserverance.....and it's the place where good friends feed your soul and keep your spirits strong....so, welcome to your new family of friends.
Stay in touch, keep connected and soon you'll discover; as we all have - that you never need be alone. Life is so much easier to bear when you don't have to do it alone.
Take Care -
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." - unknown