Lupus Survivor Story:
When I was 27, I was diagnosed with two different types of cancer. Two different oncologists told me that I had cancer. I, in fact, did not have cancer. I had Lupus. Lupus is the great mimicker. I looked like I had cancer, my blood work reflected cancer, my symptoms said cancer, PET scans, and multiple bone marrow biopsies said cancer. The lymph node extractions, also said cancer.
I went to 12 different doctors and specialists and spent 16 months letting my body slowly decline before I was diagnosed correctly. Lupus. Sadly, this is not an unusual story. Most people with Lupus will tell you of a similar experience.
Over the years since my initial diagnosis, I have sustained countless hours in the hospital, receiving infusions, medical intervention, and visits to the doctor, but I am a proud mother of two and have been able to continue with my career not just surviving, but thriving.
There are many who have walked this same path and we are grateful for the Lupus Foundation and their continued fight to ‘Drive Out Lupus’.