Welcome to WHL! It sounds like you and Karen have shared quite a journey in her road to wellness with SLE. It's reassuring that although the medical community gave her just a few months to live, she's defied the odds and has survived decades!
Please make yourself at home and know that neither of you will ever be alone in your battle to beat SLE. This group is comprised of many people in various stages of the disease, from all parts of the world.