Monday, September 12, 2011

Let's Get Started

To blog or not to blog, that is the question.  Actually it goes a little deeper than that.

I was 35 years old and a just-married advertising executive when I was first diagnosed with lupus.  It was 1994 and honestly, the only other time I'd even heard of the disease was when a co-worker died of complications from it.

I was scared out of my mind!

Since it was pre-Internet *cough*that*makes*me*sound*ahem*really*old*cough*, I limped to the book store and found a few less than promising and outdated books to read. They talked in terms of "5 year life expectancies" that left me feeling hopeless and lost.  I had no idea where to turn for information, advice or help in dealing with what had been a very long and difficult illness to diagnose.

My Rheumatologist was terrific and informative but unable to soothe my fears or address my then Type-A workaholic personality that was running on empty, so he turned me onto Lupus International (then called a different name) for support and the rest, as they say, is history.

Which brings me to this new blog.  As a Lupus International volunteer, I'll be blogging about life with lupus and the winding road to wellness that I've been on.  I hope to get to know you and vice-a-versa as we share our experiences, a few laughs, maybe some tears and the latest news about lupus and related diseases.

Thanks for stopping by,  Please leave me a comment and I'll stop by and say hello to you too.

Until then...
Cheers, Joanna J. aka Lemon-Aid
Photo Credit: © yellowj - #26348539


  1. Blog is fresh-looking and easy to read. Very attractive and cheerful. You've got me looking up 'Lupus' as so far, I am not quite sure what the illness consists of.

  2. I like the not so serious tone of your writing about a serious issue.