My Life Living with Lupus and How You can Overcome it!!
My name is Shemariah Pradia, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus when I was 30 years old. I was a very healthy child playing any sport I wanted, I felt like I got lupus from an extra chicken pox vaccination while on active-duty status. I started having symptoms maybe 6 months prior to that. I had complications with blood clots and a bilateral pulmonary embolism in both of my lungs. I had a series of miscarriages, and in my 3rd pregnancy when I was pregnant with twins, I lost the first baby at 12 weeks and my water broke at 24 weeks. After the second baby was born, I was diagnosed with lupus five months after that.
Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead.
I started having Reynard's symptoms and went through a series of Shiffman syndrome issues which is very rare in which this causes your body to become stiff and your muscles become very rigid and you're unable to move. It happened to me from the waist down.
The doctors had a hard time trying to understand what was happening to me, so they sent me to NIH and John Hopkins Hospital because at the time I was active duty in the US Navy, and I worked in the medical field as a corpsman and a pharmacy tech.
I was staying in the hospital for weeks at a time not knowing whether or not I would come out or not. It was a very terrifying experience for me, and I ended up losing my navy career. I was discharged from active duty medically in September 2012.
Dealing with lupus has caused me to lose my reproductive system and inability to have more children at an early age of 31. I started to feel a lot better because my monthly cycle caused me to have severe lupus flare ups.
I participated in Wounded Warrior competitions to help build up my body and my confidence, but in 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer that caused me to lose both of my breast and my lymph nodes on the right side of my body. Because I have Lupus, my body rejected the breast implants. I had a total of 7 surgeries just in my chest alone. I would say that that this caused me to advocate and help other women.
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Lupus is not a death sentence, but you may have difficult days and difficult moments but at the end of the day you have to fight and not give up the will to live. I try to maintain a regular lifestyle and do the things that I enjoy in my life. I'm raising my three sons that are 20,15, and 11. I have a catering business that helps people to eat healthy. I travel internationally and speak to women on breast cancer, lupus and other women's health issues.
You can follow Shemariah Pradia and her catering business Instagram page @kept_entertainment