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Now Presenting…Lupus! The Great Imitator!

Lupus

Oh, Lupus, you special autoimmune disease. Most people have heard of Lupus, but few know exactly what it is. That’s because Lupus is great at mimicking so many other rheumatological diseases, so for every patient it tends to be a unique experience. It’s also how it earned it’s nickname: Lupus, the Great Imitator. There are some tests for it, but those tests aren’t the be-all-end-all for diagnosis. There’s also the misconception that all Lupus patients die and can’t live normal lives. Not true.

That’s why we’re ending May with our Lupus Awareness Month episode. We’ll go through all the reasons Lupus earned it’s Great Imitator nickname, and why a diagnosis is so hard for Lupus patients to obtain. Plus, we’ll cover what it means once you are diagnosed.

Since Nicole has lived with her diagnosis for the past 18 years, she’ll talk about her own road to diagnosis. She will also cover the treatments that have helped her and what other treatments are out there. We’ll also discuss what it’s like living with Lupus. And yes, there is a life to be lived even if you have Lupus. 

We encourage everyone to take a listen, because Lupus often doesn’t come alone. It comes in pairs with other disorders. So while you may not have Lupus, you may have one of the comorbidities that come with Lupus. Or you may have some of the signs that you have Lupus, too. Or maybe you have a friend who has Lupus and you want to know more.

Like always, we thank you for listening. We also encourage you to check out our My Chronic Spoonful Life Planner where you can track everything going on with your chronic illness. It comes in a downloadable form that you can print, a digital form you can use in apps like GoodNotes and Notability, or a quarterly hard copy. 

Have a good week everyone!

2 thoughts on “Now Presenting…Lupus! The Great Imitator!”

  1. I had lupus SLE for 12 years and have a lot of insight I can share about doctors, diagnosis, medication, alternate treatments, relationships, and life AFTER lupus. I will provide my email for you to contact.

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