Bruised But Not Broken

I was diagnosed with SLE in 1989 at the age of 19. I had the butterfly rash across my nose and cheeks. I made an appointment with a dermatologist because I thought I was experiencing some type of allergic reaction. The doctor told me he thought I had lupus and asked me if I knew what lupus was. I told him that I did not. The doctor took a skin biopsy and the results returned positive for lupus. I was treated with Plaquenil at that time. In 1992, my rheumy advised me that I should not have any more children due to complications that may arise with the lupus. I decided to take my chances and have get pregnant anyway. In September 1994, I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy. Several years later my rheumy told me that I had too much protein in my urine and ordered a kidney biopsy which came back positive for lupus nephritis and as a result I was prescribed Cellcept and Prednisone in addition to the Plaquenil. About two years later I began having symptoms of hypertension and my doctor added Lisinopril to my list of medications. My vision has been affected, I have joint pain most of the time, I have lesions on both arms and one on my face due to the lupus and I have had a total hysterectomy. Fast forward to 2017, I went to my doctor for an exam and was told that my EKG showed some abnormality. So, on 6/15/17 I had a cardiac MRI and on 6/16/17 I had a cardiac catherization. The catherization showed no blockages, but the MRI suggested that I may have a valve leakage. So, as of today, I am waiting for my cardiologist to schedule another test. I work a full time job and I haven’t had any major symptoms of chest pain or shortness of breath. The devil keeps trying to take me out, but my GOD says NO, it is not my time to go yet. My GOD is a healer and HE keeps blessing me with life and family and friends that love and support me. I have a husband and two adult sons, 3 grandchildren, 6 sisters, 5 brothers, and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives who love me. I have a wonderful support system. My GOD is an awesome GOD! That is why I say I am bruised but not broken. Have a blessed day.

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