I am 24 years old and was diagnosed at 12. I have grown up with Lupus and a lot of times can't really remember my life without it. I am still young but I feel like I know more about Lupus than some doctors do. I have a BA in health care management and am currently in Nursing school for my BSN and I work 30+ hrs a week. I think that it is possible to go to school with lupus and to be successful in your career, but going right now might not be the right time. As much as no one wants to hear this, your health and the Lupus comes first. One of the most important things about having Lupus is being able to listen to your body and recognize what you need. If you try and over do yourself and stress yourself out, that is only going to make it worse. You need to get your health under control first and foremost and learn to recognize the signs of a flare before you have one that blows up in your face and knocks you down for weeks to months. When I was first diagnosed, and for about 5 years after, I did not listen to my body and was in and out of the hospital every few months. As I got to high school I was run myself down, take more on then I could handle, and then be knocked on my rear. It wasn't untill I learned how to listen to my body and know when I needed to stay at home and rest rather then go out on the town with friend that I was able to stay flare free. I was first diagnosed because of pericarditis and had heart surgery at 12. From then I was in and out of hospitals, started to have kidney involvement, and had been on prednesoine for 8 years... horrible! Now, I have been med free, flare free, and chest pain free for 2 years! I never thought that day would come. I tell you that because I was in a bad place like I think a lot of people on here are. Its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are stuck in the dark. But it is possible for you to have a life and dreams with Lupus, You just have to believe in yourself. The attitude you have is so important for Lupus. If you allow it to rule your life then it will. I still have pain in my joints, fatigue, weakness in general, but for me exercise really helps with that. I do Yoga when i need to destress, or even take a hot bubble bath and listen to music. You need to find those certain little things that you can do to de-stress yourself. Mind over matter. If putting off getting your masters is what you have to do to get your Lupus under control, then I say do it. I had to put off nursing school because I was sick and I ended up going back and I think it was good I did. I am able to put in more effort now. I am one of those people that believes that if you are meant to do something in your life then it will happen. Everyone told me I was too sick to ever go on to Nursing School and successfully make it, and look at me now!! Don't let any one or anything hold you back from what you truly want. If you want that Master degree then you will do it, whether it is now or later, I believe you can make it happen. Don't think you have to push your body to the limit, wear yourself out and be in pain to make it happen. You don't know the patient taking care of you!! lol I think its always worse in the beginning, being newly diagnosed, because you don't have your perfect medicine regimen down yet and you haven't learned the ways of your body yet. Everyone with lupus has different organs/tissue/systems that it affects so you just need to take time to understand what yours does and master it. You will be surprised with how in tune you will become with your body. Just remember to take time to breathe and de-stress, trust me, it does wonders for your body!