Welcome to my blog; I’m Annie, the Lupus Guru! I’m self-taught (much of it by ‘on the job training’!) and also my experience as a nurse. For sure, this helps me understand some of lupus’ complexities, so I can explain them more easily. However, I need to make it clear that I still don’t know it all!
Because I worked as a freelance writer, I learned to present material and organize information so that I could write about it and hopefully in a way that decodes doctor-speak!’
I think that as we learn, we become empowered and develop the knowledge to learn how to listen to our inner voice; then we will know what questions to ask of doctors or other healthcare providers.
I also feel that the more you understand, the more you’ll know and then be able to explain and teach friends and loved ones why you may be experiencing certain symptoms or basically what this or another autoimmune disease can do to you and how it can impact your life.
That said, NOTHING included in this blog, including comments, is ever meant to substitute for advice from your personal physician. Your doctor knows you, your medical history and you laboratory values, so is much more prepared, though doesn’t always have time to teach.
Last, but not least is mention of a book that I feel that everyone (patient and caregiver and friend/loved one) should have in his ‘lupus library,’ The Lupus Encyclopedia
If you have thoughts or concerns, complete the Contact the Guru form to your right,and I’ll return your form. The forms don’t go to a public mailbox, rather these go to a private mailbox that I check daily.
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