I am a person who suffers with lupus trace that has affected my kidney function and ive suffered from kidney failure i was diagnosed when i was just 18 years old and at the peak of me trying to embrace life i got knocked back with this illness. I was in and out of hospital i remember feeling so unwell not having the energy to eat, drink or just get out of bed a lost a lot of weight i was 7 stone and i went down to 6 stone in weight. After being diagnosed with this illness i was put on steroids that as we know are not enjoyable medication to be on and the side affects are horrible the weight gain and other side affects my face swallon up it felt like it was the worst time of my life i lost my self esteem and i lost my friends because of the way i looked so i suffered with mild depression but lucky i had my family behind me all the way helping me to get better and to keep thinking positive and drumming it in my head to just get on with life and don't let lupus control my life and i did i tried to just block out my illness and try and life and accept i have an illness but not accept it to take over my life and to be strong and be positive and now 10 years on i can thankfully say i haven't been in hospital for the last 6 years and i have a bit more self esteem. I have now had a little boy is 18 months old his my bundle of joy and i am just thankful that i never let lupus control me or my pregnancy and i had a great pregnancy i know a lot of woman with lupus find pregnancy hard or have to make real hard discussions regarding to there baby and to there self e.g. where to abort the baby because there illness could cause them to have a miscarriage or deformities of the baby or the illness could get 10 x worse) but i choose to stay positive once again and carried my son the whole 9 months so my advice to all the people that feel really low because of having lupus and feel negative about life i would say i know it hard right now but it will get better and positive thinking is always a good way to think and Dont let Lupus control your life you control your life
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