Hi, finally getting around to introducing myself. I found this community when I was looking for information as I was expecting to be diagnosed with lupus. I appreciated how helpful and supportive people in this community are. I joined even though I am from the US and not the UK because while nationalities and health care systems might be different, the disease doesn't care.
I finally got my diagnosis; I'm not surprised as I've been expecting it for the last 15 years. It has shaken me up a bit more than I expected. My rheumatologist was next to useless (at least for me). Basically what I got out of the appointment was, "I think we can stop calling it autoimmune and start calling it lupus." Well that's definitive (not). And "Stay out of the sun and limit stress," which is not easy as I am a graduate student in physics - we live on stress. I've forgotten what life was like without it! And oh, yeah, I'm a mother of two children, 9 and 11.
I would love advice on how to start reducing stress in a very busy, full life. I never seem to have enough time for anything. How do I take care of myself, too?