My mom’s is turning 57 today and here is a picture of her and my middle child, Brie. My Mom is a blessing, even when we don’t get along. She functions as a live in Nanny for my three kids and for a kid who thought she would not be here for my high school graduation that is a function I both love to see her in and am happy she can provide.
She was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erytheromatosis when I was only 12. It hit her hard and fast and left her with less than 40% kidney function in only a few weeks.
Autoimmune disease suck – those are the disease where your body attacks itself.
Systemic lupus erythematosus often abbreviated to SLE or lupus, is a systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. It is a Type III hypersensitivity reaction caused by antibody-immune complex formation.
SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flares) alternating with remissions. The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially in women in child-bearing years ages 15 to 35, and is also more common in those of non-European descent.
Her being ill was a real shock to our family. My Mom had always been the doer, the nurse, the rock and suddenly it was an effort for her to walk from the couch to the bathroom.
I learned to pay bills, cook, clean, and tried to help with Laundry (its still not my strong suit).
So tonight I will count her among my many blessings. And, in the words of my girls, Happy Birthday to you Gigi… And Many More!