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The first year I had the mentality that you push yourself, you get through it, and it's not going to kill you, but I learned that year that with this disease if you DO push yourself, it MIGHT kill you!

Lupus is one of many autoimmune diseases in which the body’s immune system attacks, rather than protects, your body. It is an incurable chronic illness and while the symptoms are debilitating, they are often invisible.

Linda is a former lawyer, a mother, a wife, and a blogger who was diagnosed with Lupus in 2010. At times, she can deal with crippling pain, debilitating fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms, making daily life a challenge.

This week she joined me for a discussion on the challenges of being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness and how it changed her career, her approach to motherhood, and her entire identity.

She shares her success with creating a healthy lifestyle for her family and choosing the doctors and treatments that help her to life her best life possible. I hope you will find this candid and articulate interview as inspiring as I did.

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It's worth fighting. Your life is worth fighting for.

One of the biggest challenges is to not give up and even though it’s a daily battle, try to find something that you could be grateful for so that it can keep you going through a lot of dark moments.

 

Linda blogs about life, family, New York City, and life with Lupus, and you can visit her website at www.lupielving.com. She invites you to read her stories and wants you to feel free to share yours.

Whether you are a wife, a mother, a caregiver, a person dealing with an illness, or a New Yorker – if you are moved by her story, she’d love to hear from you at lindalupieliving@gmail.com.