Nila Tyrell was born in American Samoa to a large family. She began her battle with lupus at the tender age of five. Because of her illness, Nila’s family moved to Hawaii and later to the Pacific Northwest so she could receive cutting-edge healthcare. Nila became interested in health issues because of having lupus, and recently finished training as a pharmacy technician, and is also working part-time as a pharmacy tech. Nila has been working as the LFA,PNW Chapter intern since mid-June, and is a passionate lupus activist. We are deeply grateful for the many talents she brings to this post.