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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to welcome you, Gagirl.  She posted in another thread about a lupus awareness and it turns out that she is the person who the article is about
Gagirl said...

Thank you for your support of the article on Lupus! It is hard to be clear with a reporter in just a few minutes, on such a complex disease but I did my best. I take 24-26 different medications for the treatment of Systemic Lupus and Sjogrens, some more than twice daily. In addition to that regimine I take supplements that are safe, tylenol, vitamins, etc. It is expensive and I have to rely on samples, as I am in the GAP with Medicare D. I am so thankful for the healthcare that I have received and thankfully SS came through before my ex-husbands COBRA ran out. I have not had significant gainful employment in well over a decade. I was able to travel with the Lupus foundation and show the massive amounts of pills, inhalers, etc. that I have to administer each day. I went and looked my best for that day to demonstrate that Lupus and other auto-immune diseases does not always "look sick."  I don't know how much of a difference it made, but every voice helps. I encourage anyone able to write to your political leaders or to become an e-advocate for this dibilitating disease. I was also invited for an interview for "Focus Atlanta" in March with Keisha Williams, a rotary club in GA, my local town publication, and neighborhood newsletter. When I am able, will talk to anyone that I can on behalf of all lupus patients and hope I always represent us well.

I also have herpes zoster, severe osteoporosis needing Forteo injections, heart, lung, neurological involment, digestive/stomach, fevers, severe fatigue, depression, daily neuralgias, migraines, TMJ, cataracts, chronic pain, the lupus "brain fog" fever, and on it goes....

I better get to bed. I am thankful I found you all.

Regards. Gagirl1. :-)

Also, here's a link to the article (it's a very good story)
Thanks for helping raise awareness.  I'm so glad you joined us and I hope you'll continue to post here. 
Take care
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds:  Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears



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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome gagirl :-)
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   Posted 8/30/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Gagirl. Your stand to spread lupus awareness and the fight we have each day is impressive! I hope that you will feel at home here in this forum and share with us all. It is very comforting to have a place where you can come and share your experiences and gain insight as well as helpful information from people who live with the disease and all the problems it gives.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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   Posted 8/30/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome GaGirl, you have found a really good group of people here and hope that you find a way to pay for the meds you need and that they get your disease under control.
Love, Marji
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   Posted 8/30/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi GaGirl, Welcome to the forum!!! I posted more in the other thread about the article. So glad yo found us.

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   Posted 8/31/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gagirl, Just wanted to add my welcome to the group as well. I know you have already been posting and have seen what a wonderful group of people we have here. I look forward to getting to know you.
Again Welcome
God Bless
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   Posted 8/31/2007 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you found us! We all need each other and need to stick together so we can be heard!

xoxo emmie

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