In honor of Lupus Awareness Month, we are sharing stories sent to us...

Throughout this month, in honor of Lupus Awareness Month, we are sharing stories sent to us from members of our community! If you would like your story to be featured, send a message to our inbox.

“For me it took 19 years to be diagnosed with Lupus. I saw over 10 specialists, 7 biopsies, 4 broken bones and countless blood tests in hospitals all over the world. Then all it took was one GP to see my rashes and they knew what was wrong. I had the classic lupus signs that so many other doctors had dismissed as “in your head”, “accident prone” and “unlucky”. My lupus was attacking the joints, kidneys, lungs and luckily my skin. The skin was the only reason I got a diagnosis.

I have scars inside and out, but now wear them with pride and always want people to know what they are. Any new doctors or nurses I meet I show them. I educate them in the hope that someone else might see and get their diagnosis much sooner than I did.

Medical technology has come so far in helping those with lupus once they have a diagnosis. Yet the lack of awareness is what can take that diagnosis so long.”

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