I’m Stella. I’m 35 years old and have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and mild obstructive sleep apnea. I’m a single mom who works. I knew for a,long time something was wrong but docs thought I was crazy. I had these rashes that were raised and they itched and burned like crazy. Docs kept misdiagnosed me and gave meds that made it worse. I hurt all the time, stayed tired. I thought I was dying. I finally got a doc to listen. He did a biopsy and it confirmed lupus. That was two years ago. May of last year I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I’m tired of people thinking I’m crazy. I’m only in my thirties I shouldn’t feel like I do. I’m currently working but I don’t know how much longer I can keep going. I’ve thought about applying for disability but I can’t be without income while I wait. I have a son who needs me. I’m to the point of giving up. The only reason I haven’t is because of my awesome son and amazing support groups o have found. I pray a cure is found to help us. I don’t want to die from this like my grandma did.

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