I don't think that your question is dumb. I have had Lupus nearly all of my life. For me I don't try to look at it totally negatively, but there are times when it really gets to me. I am just now getting over a severe flare, but I am now doing better. You will have good days and bad days. Lupus is cyclic is what my doctor told me, where you have flares and remissions. To me in my personal opinion, this illness sucks big time. Some people like Saysusie said have a very mild form of the disease and can eventually come off from the medications and be fine. I don't know what else to say.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.