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My name is Carmen Maggio and at 12 years old I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erthyematosus (SLE).

I’m 32 years old now and it’s been a challenging journey but God has brought me through it all. Life, as many know, is not easy. To be honest it’s plain out hard!

Yet I’ve learned with God nothing is impossible. If there is anything gained from my testimony I pray it will be to stay encouraged in trying times, have faith when fear seems paralyzing, and never under estimate yourself and the love God has for you. We are all vessels uniquely formed by the Potter’s hands, beautifully and wonderfully made.

Lupus is a very complicated and frustrating disease. Lupus symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain/ stiffness, hair loss, skin sores, and butterfly-like rashes. Too much sunlight is another trigger to Lupus flares.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which you do not know when these symptoms will flare or how long it will last. Lupus can also affect any organ in the body, unfortunately it affected my kidney’s. As I continue writing I will not use the scientific/medical terminology of Lupus.

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