Hi Amy and everyone else,
I,too,am new here. I was diagnosed with SLE about three years ago. Since then, I have lost my left kidney to this disease. Amy, in answer to your question about catching colds from your kids and having them seem worse and last longer . . .yes, although I am old enough to be a grandmother, I met a wonderful man after my divorce from my first husband. This was before my SLE diagnosis, and he had never had children, soooo I had a little girl who is now eight years old. She brings home every cold virus in the school, (I swear)and I seem to catch everyone of them, feel like I have been hit by a Mack truck and they last much longer than before I was diagnosed. Because of my kidney involvement, I cannot take most of the meds that I was taking at first and pain and CONSTANT fatigue are with me during most days. I'm glad I decided to join here . . .you all seem so nice!
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