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COVID-19

It has been a very long six months and I have spent most of it cooped up in my house, only leaving for medical appointments.  I have felt very lonely and isolated during this time, missing my friends and family. I have watched others start going back out to...

Can I Get Pregnant?

 Can I get pregnant? This is the one the first questions I asked my rheumatologist when I was diagnosed. In general, most women with lupus can get pregnant; it’s carrying the pregnancy that can be problematic. If  you are considering having a baby, you should...

Here Comes the Sun

The summer may be winding down, but the sun is still going full force, especially here in Florida. Many people with lupus experience sun sensitivity due to ulttraviolet rays causing them to develop rash, fatigue, and general achiness and joint pain.  It’s...

Diagnosis Pt. 2-Diagnostic Criteria

 In order to be diagnosed with lupus, certain criteria must be met. Previously diagnosis was based on having four out of the eleven criteria which included symptoms such as malar rash and arthritis, as well as lab tests such as anti-double stranded DNA.  You could...

Diagnosis Pt. 1

  Lupus can be very hard to diagnose due to the variety and vagueness of symptoms that patients experience. Oftentimes, it takes many years before a patient is correctly diagnosed with lupus. I had symptoms for many years, but they were very mild and infrequent...