“I JUST didn’t want To know”
Lupus first came into my life at the age of 10. I wasn’t diagnosed at the time, but that’s when the symptoms began. One of those symptoms was that I couldn’t go out into the sun, without coming down with fevers or heavy nosebleeds. But I live on a Caribbean island — I couldn’t avoid the sun!
I started exhibiting a lot of blue- black marks on my skin: my forearms, belly, thighs… I know now that they were indicators of something going on in my blood, but my mom and I didn’t have that knowledge back then.