A Story of Living With Lupus
Lupus is a chronic disease that is characterized by faulty T-cell operation. The T-cells normally protect the body against disease, but with lupus they do not function properly and the result is an immune system that attacks its own organs and tissues, including the heart, skin, kidneys, brain, and blood cells. Getting diagnosed with lupus can be challenging and living with the disease can be even more challenging.
The following article is an intimate look at the story of Melissa Alexander, an 18 year old girl from Ontario, Canada who was diagnosed with lupus when she was 15 years old. This article tells the details of her struggle for a diagnosis, from her first visit to the her doctor on December 15, 2003 and finally, her diagnosis of lupus on October 20, 2005.
This article takes you through her many misdiagnoses, her treatment ups and downs, and how her life appears today. The article also highlights ‘Lupus Canada’ and their online newsletter for young lupus patients, Get in the Loop.
Tangoing with lupus
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