(CNN) – Lupus is a common disease that can be life changing for people who are diagnosed with it. Women are 10 times more likely to have lupus than men, according to the American College of Rheumatology.
Angela Williams: “Focus on solutions not problems.”
Seven years ago, Angela Williams was diagnosed with the auto immune disease lupus.
Dr. Javeria Bhawal: “It’s a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin and the joints of our body mainly…it can affect any part of our body unfortunately from head to toe. It can affect our brain.”
The disease affected Angela’s muscles, kidneys and cognitive ability. It became so debilitating, that she could not walk. But she fought back with medication and a positive attitude.
Angela Williams: “Literally my goal before my birthday was to learn how to swim and I did it and it was amazing.”
That includes staying active, and in fact, Angela hasn’t had a major flare up since she was diagnosed.
Angela Williams: “I look back on my life and in 2009 I was lying in a bed, I couldn’t walk, I didn’t know the word APPLE. I mean that was how impaired my cognitive ability was so for me to go from there to where I am now, I mean in my opinion it’s a miracle.”
The onset of lupus typically occurs in people who are in their 20’s and 30’s, and it’s more common in certain ethnic groups according to the American College of Rheumatology.
They have a website where you can read more about lupus at rheumatology.org.