When I was thirteen years old, I noticed a bruise-like spot on my stomach. Within just a few months, I had more. I was always able to cover them since they were on my back and stomach. No one ever even knew I had them.
I got married, had two awesome kids, and now at the age of thirty-four, I am dealing with a flare up of the disease.
About six weeks ago, I hit a low when I discovered new spots on my arms and neck. Not so easy to hide. I am in a depression, on an antidepressant, and seeing a great therapist who is trying to help me.
I just wish I could make these spots go away. I have never been able to wear a swim suit comfortably. I hate my body. Even trying on t-shirts is depressing since the spots on my arms show, looking like bruises.
Hopefully someone out there has my disease and knows of a medicine or treatment to make the spots go away or at least get lighter. Please respond with any information. Thank you.
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Story edited 05-18-07 JTD
Story posted 06-11-07 SLE
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