By KATRINA, Lupus, United States, February 9, 2020
Imagine waking up one day with your joints frozen from pain after leading a life filled with outdoor concerts, theme parks and traveling. The diagnosis of SLE Lupus and Sjogrens Syndrome changed my life 12 years ago. Litte did i know my life was changed for the better because i changed my mindset. I went through episodes of depression due to multiple medication changes, constant pain, lack of support and the people closest to you just not understanding why you look okay on the outside, but feel like crap on the inside. The amazing thing is GOD was laying the groundwork for me to have a life of purpose instead of depression. It's ironic that the things that almost broke me now help fuel my purpose . I stopped focusing on what i lost (teeth, energy level, constant pain, hair) and started focusing on what i gained. I am now a Motivator, Spoken Word Artist and founder of my non profit organization From Pain to Purpose Foundation. My platform is Lupus Awareness and Empowering girls by building their self esteem and ability to succeed. I now know that giving up is NOT an option. I am a SURVIVOR.