4A’s Sisters Lupus Foundation would like to recognize Shavawna Michelle as our Lupus Warrior this week.
She’s 36 years old from Broussard, La. Shavawna was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis in 2007 at the age of 23. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) to be exact.
There are many kidney diseases but, for her it was Lupus Nephritis, inflammation of the Kidneys.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own body tissues.
Before being diagnosed Shavawna was working, attending school and playing softball. Just living and enjoying her life.
After finding out she was in denial for a long time and it really started to hit her years later in 2009 where she had to have a hip replacement in both hips.
For those first 3 years she tried to work and go to school but, eventually had to stop.
Her life had changed and she didn’t want to accept it. She was over it. It’s like her Doctors words were going in one ear and out the other.
However, she knew exactly what to do and he started it immediately. She was prescribed different medications, did several months of chemotherapy and also started seeing a psychiatrist.
At that time she was also prescribed meds for anxiety/depression and also meds to help her sleep. Pain meds and so on.
Shavawna was so miserable but, prayed, she also had an amazing support system that was there every step of the way.
Within the next few years she was finally in remission and things started to look up. She felt good enough to where she started working again.
Shavawna had good and bad days but, hung in there. In 2015 she had to have her left knee replaced.
She was shocked!
She just knew it was over but, she was wrong.
In 2019 she enrolled back in school part time and is currently working full time doing what she loves. Things get hard and she may feel discouraged at times but, God has never failed her yet.
Shavawna family and friends are amazing. She has no idea where she would be without an amazing support system. They may not have a cure for Lupus yet but, she knows she has to stay positive and do what needs to be done to stay healthy, feel good and just take care of herself.
She’s working full time, back in school and taking it one day at a time. Overall She’s blessed and so thankful.
Shavawna came a long way but, God is not finished with her yet.
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