I was diagnosed about 3 years ago and had to quit work back in June. I had planned on retiring before I was 55, but this was not exactly the way I had in mind. When my rheumotologist said SLE, I said what is that. I wasn't real sure what it was. Now that it has my ass kicked, I know what it is. I am a 50 y.o. man and used to work 6 days a week from bell to bell. Now it is everything I can do to walk about a mile a couple of times a week.