I am 33 and African American living with Lupus SLE and Breast Cancer. I started developing and menstruating at the age of 9. My periods have always been very short and painful. I gave birth at an early age ( 19 years old) . I am glad that I did because when my husband and I tried again at the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE and could not have children. My Lupus is pretty server , with facial and bodily rashes , extreme sensitivity to the sun,. bone and joint pain, mouth sores, migraines,lung, kidney and intestinal problems. I also have chronic low white blood cell count as well as anemia. I have been hospitalized once a year for the last 3 years due to these issues. October of 2009 I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Cancer in the left breast.By the time I went in to surgery the tumor doubled in size. I opted for a double mastectomy with no reconstruction. I have had 4 rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxan one round once every 3 weeks. Now I am on my third treatment of Taxol once a week for 12 weeks. I have to take the Neupogen shots to build up my white blood cell count throughout my treatment. I am tolerating things ok,I guess. I wanted to reach out to anyone going through the same issue and hear how your treatment is going or how it went for support.