My mother was 66 when she was diagnosed with Lupus. She was 87 when she died. About a year before she died she was diagnosed with CLL. Approximately 5 years before she died her rheumatologist ordered an abdominal cat scan because she had lost 30 lbs. Coming off prednisone and the test showed internal lymphadenopathy so, she probably had cll then and then I was diagnosed. I'm wondering it there is a familial connection? I have 2 sisters who are fine.