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Welcome to my CaringBridge site! With encouragment from my friends, I've created this site to keep friends and family updated about my lupus.

Here I'll share how I'm doing and my latest health updates. Feel free to write notes for me or my family. Thank you for your everlasting support!


After several months of fighting severe pain and arthritis, a dear relative got me an appointment with a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic. The same day - Oct. 31, 2008 - I was diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Through exceptional care at the Mayo Clinic, I've been able to overcome immobilizing arthritis, histoplasmosis (a disease caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum), pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in my leg and lungs as well as pericarditis (inflammation around the heart). I believe that's all of it :)

As there is no cure for lupus, I'll continue to face ups and downs with the disease. Anyone fighting lupus will tell you a strong support system is the key to coping with such a frustrating disease. I have been blessed with remarkable people in my life who've made dealing with all of it less difficult. I can't thank everyone enough for all your support, prayers and thoughts.

Love you all,

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Mayo Clinic
200 First St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55905
United States