I was diagnosed with Lupus in my late 20's...I am now 50+ and I am not falling apart. So, there is hope for you :lol:
There were periods of time when I was very,very sick and even hospitalized over and over again. However, I stuck to my medication regimen, kept my doctor's appointments, took all of the precautions, exercised regularly and, after some years, I was finally able to manage my Lupus.
Now, I am not saying that I am symptoms free, because I AM NOT! In fact, I am in the middle of a flare-up right now. However, I have been able to live for many, many years with this disease and not become totally incapacitated by it!
Lupus is a disease that is fraught with relapse and remission. We have periods of time when the disease is not as active and our symptoms are lessened. But, then there are times when the disease becomes active, our symptoms worsen and/or new ones appear. That is the nature of the disease. Our goal in treatment and self care is to minimize the periods of activation and/or to at least minimize the seriousness of the activation (relapse).
Learning about Lupus, its treatments, its medications and how it affects you will be a great asset in helping you to manage your disease and to maintain a relatively normal life. We are here to help you do just that and to make sure that you know that you are never alone!
Peace and Blessings
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