Every year it overwhelmes me to see how many people support LFNC and their mission. I benefited from the services of LFNC (then known as the Bay Area Lupus Foundation) when I was first diagnosed with lupus in the form of books and information. At the time, I could not easily find current information on lupus. That book (which I still have) changed my outlook on the rest of my life. I thought that lupus was a death sentence and the book showed me that it absolutely was not.
I've been living with lupus for 15 years and I'm a prime example that a diagnosis is not the end of the world. I count my blessings everyday that my lupus is, for the most part, under control and that I can live a semi-normal life. I do have days when I am fatigued or my joints are swollen, but they are few and far between. And over the years I have learned what works and what doesn't work for me. I wish everyday that I didn't have to live with lupus, that I didn't have this extra challenge. But I am grateful for everyday that I have.