Hi, I was diagnosed with SLE in 2001, after having symptoms for almost 10 years, being told there was nothing wrong, it was all in my head, or my favorite, growing pains. I'm 21 now, and hate being the only 21 year old I know who gets their kidney function tested on a regular basis, and has to take "my morning mixed drink" of medicines every day. It's hard to explain to my friends how it feels sometimes to know that I have this terrible disease, and how scared I get sometimes. Like last week, when I was in for a pap smear, and my doctor suddenly decided that a kidney function test was a good idea. I was in there feeling just like any other college age girl, completely uncomfortable with my legs in the stirrups, and then she had to remind me that I'm not like every other college age girl. It gets frustrating sometimes. I googled lupus bracelet and found this, so maybe I can gain something from the rest of you.