Lupus Lesson Learned
I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE when I was 12 years old. I've been fighting this for years now. I managed with it so young because I didn't know what I had. I didn't know how sick I was and I didn't know what Lupus was. As I got older I noticed things started getting harder. My grades were dropping, I was in and out the hospital, until I stopped attending school in general and just continued to be home schooled. Between the medications and flare ups I was going crazy. By 16 years old I had managed to go completely down hill. I didn't want to take the medications anymore, I was sick constantly and I was tired of everything. Within that year I had 7 flares that targeted my kidneys. Before I knew it I was too late. I let this get the best of me. I couldn't even feel sorry for myself because I knew exactly what I was doing. I paid for that but I still didn't learn. Once I hit 18 I took over and decided to take my health into my hands. No one til this day even knows what I was doing. And I feel bad because I just got over a real bad flare last month that showed no signs or symptoms. The Lupus was found sitting in the kidney transplant I had. The doctors never detected it there. I didn't know how serious this was until now. I learned a lot in such a short amount of time. My story is short but it seemed longer.