As a child, I suffered many typical maladies: earaches, fevers, colds, etc. Despite that, I maintained a healthy, active lifestyle until my late twenties, when I developed both forms of the autoimmune deficiency disease Lupus.

My doctors advised me that, given the severity of both forms of Lupus, I would only live another six to eight years. As time went on, I managed to cope, but I constantly questioned myself: why did this happen to me? How would I provide for my children? And, at the edge of it all, a little voice asked, “Are my doctors right?”

After three years of suffering, yet functioning with my Lupus, I had an experience that changed my perception.

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