"There is no effective treatment to stop the disease process".
UNTRUE!!! Many of us find remission thru some combination of treatments, situations, and medications. There is HOPE. We don't always know what has put us into remission, or a place where our lupus is "quiet", but many of us get there.
Plaquenil, prednisone, Imuran, Cellcept, MTX, and many other medications exist to treat us.
And by remission or "quiet" -- no medications at all for over a year for me, as well as 2-3 years with only Plaquenil. Before that, I had lots of blood markets showing the Lupus was active and inflammation and other effects rampant. Cellcept knocked my Lupus out of the picture.
No, it doesn't happen for everyone, and yes, it's good to keep a positive attitude, but there are many options available and the situation can be managed when you have an active, interested, and knowledgeable rheumy on your team.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde