Who is She's Got Lupus?
Rosadela Durruthy, founder, Shes Got Lupus
Born and raised in San Diego, CA I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE at the age of 23 in 2007. My diagnosis began with severe joint pain that doctors dismissed as carpal tunnel due to my young age. Only with persistence on my part to ask the doctors to test me for Lupus were the doctors able to find out I had lupus sle. Throughout my journey I have additionally been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, asthma, diminished lung capacity, neuropathy, Raynaud’s disease, anemia, high blood pressure, insomnia, and arthritis. I have under gone a kidney biopsy, surgery to remove half my thyroid, chemo therapy treatments twice for a total of six months, nerve testing, and yearly lung function tests. I have had an invasive right heart cath procedure done that resulted in me getting a blood clot near my lungs. I have had pneumonia and shingles multiple times. I have experienced hair loss, tooth decay, skin rashes, skin ulcers on multiple body parts, multiple hospitalizations, depression, and muscle loss that resulted in me being wheelchair bound for a number of weeks. I have been told by doctors that my body is shutting down and yet still by the grace of God I am here to raise my three children.
I have been living with lupus for 13 years now and refuse to let it bring me down. My favorite phrase is “she’s got lupus, lupus does not have her”.
I started Shes Got Lupus as an outlet for me to speak freely about my struggles with mental health and lupus. The more I spoke about it, the more people approached me to say that hearing someone else experiencing similar situations has helped them through their lupus journey. So I decided to be more vocal about my journey and put my normally introverted self in more uncomfortable situations.
My mission is to create a lupus awareness blog aimed to improve the lives of those living with chronic illnesses by advocating for mental health, healthy living and raising awareness.
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