For years, attorney and novelist Chloe T. Barlow, 36, was dogged by unexplained red and white blood cell disorders, sun sensitivity, and severe skin rashes and skin ulcers. At one point, doctors thought she had leukemia. So when she finally received a diagnosis of lupus in 2009, it came as a relief.
“The biggest struggle was before the diagnosis,” says her husband, Zak Thomas, 39, also an attorney. “That led to treatment, which led to her getting better. I think we gained more than we lost from the diagnosis.”