My Lupus Pregnancy: The First Trimester. | My Meena Life

My Lupus Pregnancy: The First Trimester.

I’m so excited to share the news of my lupus pregnancy!  Well, I did announce it on Instagram and Twitter back in November.  I also mentioned it in my recent posts, A Day in the Life with Lupus and my 2017 Yearly Digest.  But I know those snippets likely did not reach all of my readers. I have to admit that I really didn’t expect the word ‘pregnancy’ to enter into my personal vocabulary in 2017.  It has been a whirlwind of prenatal […]

A Day in the Life with Lupus. | My Meena Life

A Day in the Life with Lupus.

Have you ever wondered what life with lupus might be like?  As one of the 1.5 million people in the U.S. and about five million people worldwide with lupus, I want to share a day in my life with you. In case you aren’t familiar with lupus, I’ll give you a brief introduction.  Lupus is an autoimmune disease that makes your body self-destruct.  Normal, healthy people have an immune system that works properly and kicks into gear when there is […]

Daily Living with Lupus | My Meena Life

Taking One Day at a Time: Daily Living with Lupus.

This is a guest post by Brittany from NewLifeOutlook.  In this post, she is sharing tips on daily living with lupus, which range from dealing with skin rashes to coping with the reactions of others.  I hope you find it useful and educational.   Living with lupus sometimes requires you to slow down and take one day at a time. There’s no sense in pushing yourself so far that you become fatigued. Yes, there will be some days where you’ll […]

10 Things I Didn't Realize Would Happen After I Was Diagnosed with Lupus. | My Meena Life

10 Things I Didn’t Realize Would Happen After I Was Diagnosed with Lupus.

Being diagnosed with lupus was a bewildering experience for me.  Suddenly, everything made sense – the joint pain, the rashes, the fatigue, the swelling… the endless appearance of new and strange symptoms.  Yet, at the same time, nothing seemed to make sense.  No one in my family had an autoimmune disease; I’d barely even heard the word lupus spoken before. It’s been eight enlightening months since I was diagnosed with lupus, and I feel like I’m just starting to get […]

Going through the depths of my sickness with lupus.

In the Depths of My Sickness with Lupus (and Learning to Put My Health First).

I’ve been absent from this blog since my last post in early June, although my posting frequency had been slowing down since the beginning of the year.  I didn’t choose this three month blogging hiatus.  In fact, I was more or less dragged away – down into the depths of my sickness with lupus.  I was too sick to put even the shortest of blog posts together, and for a while I had no idea when I would be well enough […]

Lupus spelled out with Plaquenil – an anti-malarial drug often used to treat lupus. | Going through the depths of my sickness with lupus.

Diagnosis Number Three: Lupus.

Lupus? Are you kidding me? In November of 2015 I began suffering from debilitating pain while living in Germany.  This pain, along with other symptoms, has made it very difficult for me to function normally. Going to the doctor in Germany (several doctors, actually) turned out to be less than helpful, and so I’ve looked forward to the start of this year when I’d be back in the United States and my health insurance deductible would reset. So far, in the first six weeks of […]