Welcome to our family Being newly diagnosed can be quite scary, especially knowing that you have a chronic disease that could be with you for the rest of your life. However, as Tgal pointed out, there are so many of us who have lived with this disease for decades (I was diagnosed in 1985) and who have found a way to maintain a reasonably productive life with this disease. That is not to say that you will not have to make some life adjustments, because you will. But, you can continue to be productive, active, and happy with this disease. Especially if you are willing to do all that is necessary in order to avoid a worsening of your symptoms.
Since your diagnosis was so quick, I agree that this is a good thing and probably means that your treatment will also begin quickly. As such, you are already on the road to a fairly good prognosis. You will have to remember that you must avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, make sure to slather your entire body with sunscreen (minimum SPF of 35), to wear protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and limit the amount of time in the sun. Also, be aware of fluorescent lighting inside of buildings because this can also be harmful to us.
Make sure that you participate in some form of regular exercise (preferably non-jarring exercise), but do get as much recuperative rest as you can (do not try to be a superwoman..when you are tired..STOP!), eat a healthy diet, take your medications as ordered, avoid undue stress, and educate yourself your illness.
We are here to help you in any way that we can. This is a wonderfully informative and loving family and we are so happy that you are here. Again...welcome
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