Latest Posts from Erica Lupinacci

How a Chronic Condition Affects Your Identity

How a Chronic Condition Affects Your Identity

Being chronically ill and disabled is a huge part of my identity. Not only because lupus so deeply impacts my life ...

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How I Prepare for Travel With Lupus

How I Prepare for Travel With Lupus

Traveling with lupus always takes a lot of planning and preparation. Because I never know how I will feel, I have to be ready for any symptom or issue that could pop up ...

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What I Wish People Knew About Lupus

What I Wish People Knew About Lupus

Sadly, there is so much of my experience of living with lupus that people do not understand. It’s very hard to comprehend what it would be like to live with a chronic illness ...

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The Biggest Surprises After My Lupus Diagnosis

The Biggest Surprises After My Lupus Diagnosis

When I was diagnosed with lupus 13 years ago, I had no idea what it really meant for my life. Because I had been struggling without a diagnosis for 3 years prior ...

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How I Manage My Lupus Flare-Ups

How I Manage My Lupus Flare-Ups

There is nothing more gut-wrenching than the arrival of a lupus flare-up. Sometimes, you can feel it coming and notice the signs and symptoms days or weeks before ...

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How I Practice Accepting Body Image Managing Lupus

How I Practice Accepting Body Image Managing Lupus

When I was diagnosed with lupus after a weeklong hospitalization, I was treated with IV and oral steroids. Due to side effects from the medication, I gained about 30 pounds ...

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