“I was diagnosed with lupus over 15 years ago, after I had my daughter.”
Nicole is survivor. Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
“I started displaying alot of symptoms hair loss, fatigue, muscle aches pain, swelling. I was having a hard time walking. One test didn’t just do it it took about three years for them to officially diagnosed me with lupus.”
This disease can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs, making it hard for someone with lupus to live a normal lifestyle.
“There are alot of things that I am limited to. I am limited to going outside in the sun, so it’s hard being an EMT and having to be out in the sun.”
It mainly affects women between the ages of 14 to 45 and 10% of the male population is diagnosed with lupus.
“It takes people a good three to five years to get diagnosed, i was diagnosed in less than a week.”
Jade Nealious has a non-profit organization called crowning lupus , Nealious found out she had lupus after having issues playing sports in high-school. She has to get infusions that last about 5 to 6 hours once a month to keep her blood platets count up.
“It’s draining. You feel super drained sometimes it’s kind of like can i get up.”
Some people consider her a walking testimony because story and she says not surrendering to lupus is her only option.
“That could hinder them in their fight, so it wouldn’t be fair of me to say you know what i am hurting, i can’t do this.”