Healthy Living

Lupus: What It Means to Live With an Invisible Disease

People brushed off her symptoms

Photo: Ewo Harrell and her parents. Source: Cosmopolitan.

Ewo remembered how she suffered from muscle and joint pain, pneumonia, as well as extreme fatigue. People brushed it off every time she told them what she was actually going through. She decided to visit different specialists to find out what was actually wrong with her body. Some specialists told her that she had cancer; a few told her that she had Crohn’s while others told her that she might be suffering from Leukemia.

Although she had a roommate while in college, she actually felt alone. She felt tired most of her time, and she didn’t feel like partying like her friends did. Many of her friends said negative things about her, but she didn’t mind them because she felt her sickness was somehow personal.