I went to my first Lupus group meeting last saturday, it was held at a local garden centre I was slightly apprehensive as to what it would be like! We sat in the Sunshine Cafe and awaited for people to start arriving. I thought they will all be sitting together and keeping themselves to themselves, I was frightened to go over and speak to anyone!! how silly was I, they welcomed me with open arms and I made 2 great friends straight away. I could have sat and chatted for hours and hours. I'm sure I would have made more friends had we had the time, and am very much looking forward to the next meeting and seeing them all again. They also made my husband and daughter feel welcome as well, which made me feel extremely proud as my daughter who is 14 sometimes worries about what is happening to me and she was able to ask some questions as well. Just wanted to say if anyone newly diagnosed, like myself, and is thinking of joining a local group then my advice would be go for it. The Cambridgeshire Lupus Group were amazing and I just wanted to say "Thank You".