Alright people...for those of you that don't have a clue what a flare up could do to a person's body.. let me explain...
This picture to the right is the "educated medical term" of what a flare up could do to a person's body if you were to search for it on Google.
Let me be real with you guys about a flare up... there is no one specific symptom to this disease...a flare up is just one.. and it could cause a person's entire body to shift and shut completely down. I'm talking about, seeing a person that is perfectly fine at 10:00am and by 10:15am, they are laid across the floor in pain and a complete sweat because they can't stand up or walk.
I try so hard to hide the fact that I have lupus. I literally push myself everyday and try not to let symptoms determine my attitude that I have towards people. But by the end of the day, I'm so tired of pushing myself to be perfectly fine, I'm drained. I push on through because I have to work and support myself, and I'm definitely one of those people that hate having people feel sorry for her, so YES, I pretend everything is good. I believe that 90% of us lupus patients do this daily.
I have people tell me.. "Well at least you should have it easy because you're single with no kids". Now that might be true, but let's be honest... there isn't ONE lupus patient that has it "easier" than another lupus patient. Not many people understand what we deal with from when we wake up till we go to sleep, so having a different lifestyle from another lupus patient does not make having this disease any "easier" to deal with. Sometimes you just have to shake your head at people, give them a hug any ways, and tell them to have a great day!
Oh my goodness, the questions we get from people that don't know or understand.. *sigh* a mess... I think I have my next blog in mind.