Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It is not a virus, and so is not transmittable. It is not something that occurs as you age, you can’t induce it by living any particular lifestyle, although there are theories that some people may have triggered early onset of particular symptoms. Certainly one you have been diagnosed and living with it for a few years you may trigger flares, however as a long-time sufferer of this disease I cannot see any point in my life in which I placed my body in a situation which may have led to this. I also don’t believe this is a punishment for my ‘sins’, nor is it God’s way of testing me or making me a better person or due to something that occurred in a past life. I was simply born with the DNA that drew the lottery, so to speak.

But where are my manners? I haven’t even begun in the natural order of these things so let me go back a step.