My name is Maxine, and I’ve been living with lupus for the last 6 years. It all started when I was a young girl of only 12, when I suddenly began feeling fatigued, achy, and feverish. The doctors initially said I was just fighting off a virus, but I never seemed to fully recover. As the months went on, it only got worse and worse.
I was eventually diagnosed with lupus, and with that diagnosis came a lot of fear and uncertainty. What did it mean for my future? Would I ever be able to live a normal life? I felt like I was losing control and it was a hard pill to swallow.
But I was determined to face it head-on. I started learning as much as possible about lupus, researched treatments, and didn’t let it define me. I had to remain positive, stay the course, and not give up hope. And my family was by my side every step of the way, supporting me and helping me stay strong.
I’ve had my ups and downs over the years, but I’m still here and I’m determined to keep fighting. I’ve accepted that lupus will always be a part of my life, but I’ve also realized that I’m in control of how I live with it. I understand that there will always be challenges but I’m confident that I’ll be able to face them with faith and determination.
Lupus is not easy, but it’s certainly not impossible. If I can do it, anyone can. All it takes is hope, faith, and the right attitude.