I have Lupus. There's not much to say about it. Well not to me. I was diagnosed in 2004, after kidney failure and a blood clot in my lungs. Many, many tests later...Lupus. I'm a pretty mild sufferer, but it has really changed my life. I went from being a pretty healthy person to one that takes 18 pills and a shot a day. I have a special diet. A slew of doctors. I get sick to my stomach when I eat. I use to love running, but may not ever run another step. I might not ever have children. I suffer lots more aches and pains than anyone else knows. Even with all those things going on, I get up daily and smile. I'm alive. Lupus doesn't control my life. My new husband understands all this. He makes sure I smile. I truely love him. Hopefully, during my lifetime there will be a cure for lupus. If not, I'll go down fighting and with a smile.