I have been close friends with Lupus for almost 30 years; since I was 15. It went undiagnosed until I was 29 when I thought I was becoming a hypochondriac or at least someone who was borderline Munchausens!! At the grand old age of 44, I have had thyroid cancer, a 25 week gestation baby (who is an absolutely fine 15yr old now) have antiphospholipid syndrome, reynauds, vasculitis, cervical spondylosis, lumbar osteoarthritis, awaiting surgery for two new knees, fibromyalgia, etc.., etc...etc...
But, I work so hard at pretending that I am fine, that for most of the time it works and I really actually do forget !!
I t may sound a bit corny but smiling really does help! Laughter really is the best medicine!!