This is what chronic illness looks like... Yes - I’m smiling and I look “fine”, but I’m also exhausted (even though I haven’t done much today), my stomach is insanely inflamed, I’m only awake at the moment because my joints are KILLING me, and I just took a mouth full of medication (my evening pills). Could you tell that by looking at this picture though???
Lupus looks like: - Exhaustion that the normal person can’t even begin to fathom - Staying in bed all day because the fatigue and/or pain is so bad, you can’t function - An obnoxious number of specialists and medical tests - Pain that is, at times, unbearable - For some, effects on any/all major organs
Lupus is also: - Smiling through the pain - Getting up, putting your makeup on, and venturing out into the world - Laughing with friends when you can - Choosing to live as full a life as possible and embracing the good moments