It was a few days before Thanksgiving 1997, when I was babysitting and I collapsed in the bathroom, hitting my head on the sink.
I know me, I know my body, I know my limits, and I am my best advocate. I still love to swim and bike, love being out on a boat. However, everything that I do has to be in moderation.
Sitting in the luminous room on the awkward paper covered bed staring at posters that demonstrate the body or a disease while waiting for the doctor to return with results.
I hope that someday, the researchers find a cure and find new drugs not just for me but for everyone in the world.
I was diagnosed with lupus in 5th grade. I was walking home until I couldn’t walk anymore. My parents took me to the hospital that night. I was a healthy kid.
Lupus has manifested itself in different ways sporadically throughout my early life; I just did not know there was a name to it.
Both of my parents emigrated from Greece. They had an arranged marriage, and had never even met until the week before their marriage. Only Greek was spoken in our home. Read More
As a college student at the University of Iowa, I felt I had the world at my doorstep. I was very involved in academic and extra-curricular activities and held leadership positions in my sorority. Read More