Coping With Lupus

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My Diet and Exercise Routine for Lupus

Meredith Rich Emery was diagnosed with lupus in college. Now 25, she is accepting her diagnosis.

"Aren't you a little bit young to be taking all these medications?" the pharmacist asked me. I was only picking up four medications. And I need them; that's why they're prescribed to me. I looked at him with disgust and asked, "Do you think I want to be taking all these medications?"

I grabbed my bags, left the pharmacy and called my mother.  "Is he allowed to ask me that?" I asked her, close to tears. 

I try to live a normal life, but I'm always reminded that I have lupus -- from that incident with the pharmacist to dealing with my swollen joints. I exercise and eat a strict diet so that I have as much control as possible over my disease. But no matter what, it's still a part of me, and the only thing to do is manage it as best as I can.

Meredith talks about how life has changed with Lupus.

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