Lupus Awareness Blogger No. 4 – Life in the Autoimmune Lane
The journey toward a lupus diagnosis can be like the “long and winding road” sung about by the Beatles in their Lennon-McCartney ballad and last song written in 1969. Today’s post highlights long-time lupus blogger Michelle, who has blogged for six years.
Michelle explains that before her auto-immune journey started, she thought her “life was pretty normal married, kids, grandkids, working, living the American Dream… Everything has been turned upside down” and now she is “trying to figure out how to right” herself again. She tells in her recently updated “About Me” page, “In the past I’ve been told that I’ve had about 5 different autoimmune diseases and then by next visit well, um maybe no. The frustration and fear of not knowing was driving me nuts. So for now, I’m just thankful I have a name to the face of the disease that has turned my world upside down.”
Many lupus patients can relate to the relief of finally having a name for the many faces of lupus attacking their body’s systems. I know I can!
Michelle tells about her first motivations to blog. “If anyone out there is battling an autoimmune disease they can know that they’re not alone. All of your fears and frustrations I share with you. I feel it all too. It’s a very scary thing to know that your body is attacking itself and there is no cure. All we can do is take the medicine that they tell us to take, try and stay as healthy as we can, stay away from stress (ha) and pray.” Check out the story about Michelle’s lengthy, and sometimes frustrating emerging, possible lupus diagnosis at Life in the Autoimmune Lane.
Understanding Lupus: In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. The result is the production of auto-antibodies that cause inflammation.
To learn more about this lupus fact, please read my post from last year, published on May 4, 2012.
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