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“Two years ago I moved from Germany to the very warm and sunny Israel. And after years and years of being sick without getting any diagnoses, I finally got one after I moved: Lupus SLE.
Since then a lot of things changed for me because the disease started to really break out after I moved. A lot of things were suddenly not possible for me anymore. I loved to do sports, going the gym and I had (even though I became sick quite a lot) a normal life.
After the break out of the disease, I started being tired all the time, and sometimes I hardly make it out of bed. Most of the time I can’t stay up longer than 8 or 9 pm. I struggled with a high fever for months and of course there weren’t sports of any kind in my life for a long time. After those long, horrible months of being sick I tried slowly to get back to sports, but at first it didn’t really work. That I wasn’t able to do the things that I loved anymore stressed me so much that my condition got worse again.
Now it’s been almost two years since my diagnosis and today, after I had a bad flare in the morning with joint pain, rashes, and a strong weakness, I managed to run a race in the evening. It was my first race since being diagnosed, and especially after what happened in the morning I am so proud that I managed to do that.
I may no longer be in the condition I used to be, but I’m 10 times more proud now when I manage to do something like a small race. Because it shows me that there is still hope! 💜
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