Good morning everyone. My 17 year old daughter, who has hardly been sick a day in her life and is ready to begin college in the fall on a softball scholarship (pitcher) was diagnosed with lupus last week. We are still reeling from this and trying to learn all we can. She has been to a Dr and is on predisone and has begun taking Plaquenil.

My first question is, we've been told that the hope is that she response well to the drugs and goes about her life. Is there any chance at all that it will be this simple? Whenever I look at information, it scares me.

Secondly, She was told yesterday by someone she knows who has Lupus that the doctor we are seeing is not a licensed rhuematologist. I've looked online and it looks like he is an internist that specializes in rheumatology. He seemed very knowledgeable and was very helpful. How important is it that she see someone who is licensed in rheumatology?

Thank you for your help.