Sandy was first diagnosed with SLE Lupus, specifically attacking her kidneys, in June 2010. After 6 years of developing and adjusting to new autoimmune diseases, and finding a rhythm in life with chronic illness , her lupus has entered a new flare with new and difficult complications.
This summer, Sandy's lupus has flared to it's most active since 2010, and we are battling with new and painful challenges. We believe the lupus is attacking the central nervous system (CNS) as well as kidneys.
There are over a dozen ways lupus can attack the CNS, each of which is difficult to diagnose and thus treat. After a second hospital stay for the summer, we have a list of new pains and symptoms, a few possibilities eliminated, and a big journey ahead.
The hospital we were at had reached it's limit in testings and expertise available. Next steps will be to seek experts and specialists, to try to better understand what is going on and how to start on the road to healing. We have been told it will be a long road. Sandy is still in a lot of pain, and simple tasks are difficult, but we trust in God and know He is working.
We believe in the power of prayer, resting in faith in God, choosing the joy found in Christ, and the importance of community as we move forward.
See the "Ways to Help" Page for how you can walk alongside us. We will try to update this page along the way with new information, prayer requests, and praises.