Welcome to the site. I am not from Miami, but I still want to welcome you. My name is Kathy and I have SLE, Lupus. I know how it feels to have your friends leave when you are not well. I guess they just do not know how to handle it.
There will be others that come in here and maybe someone from the Miami area. I hope that you keep posting.
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.