Melissa Osoria, diagnosed at 25
I used to be a very active person, but then I started experiencing pain in my joints and my jaw. In 2015, my symptoms started to progress very quickly, and before I knew it, I needed assistance getting out of bed. My joints were swollen, I was fatigued, losing a lot of weight and my hair was falling out. I even had difficulty breathing. I went to the doctor looking for answers and endured a two-week hospital stay around Thanksgiving 2015 that finally led to my lupus diagnosis. When you get diagnosed with lupus, it almost feels like a funeral because you’re mourning your old life. I want people to know that your life does not end with your diagnosis– it’s when your life begins a new chapter.
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