My name is Chaufa. I was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of fourteen. I have been living with Lupus for eight years now. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Simply put, my body cannot decipher between my cells and bad (foreign) cells, so it attacks everything. Lupus can affect any part of the body. My disease affects my joints, kidneys, blood, and skin. The last eight years of my life have been an emotional roller coaster. Some days I am overwhelmed with sadness and pain, and other days I am grateful for my Lupus, because it has moulded me into the strong woman I am today.
If there is one thing all my friends can agree on, it is that I am a control freak. I have a Type A personality, am extremely organized, and always wanting to be in control. The greatest thing I have learned living with Lupus is that I have no control over how my disease manifests itself. It is a continuous pattern of discovering what my Lupus is affecting now, seeing a specialist, doing a bunch of medical tests, and then being prescribed medication and steroids to treat it. It was the same routine for my joints, kidneys, blood, etc. The treatment was to keep taking steroids for the rest of my life and to add on more medications as my Lupus affected more parts of my body. Currently I take four different types of medications. Three steroids to decrease joint inflammation, skin rashes, stabilize my blood count, and to keep my Lupus in remission. The last medication I take is for my kidneys. It helps reduce swelling in my legs, water retention, and the amount of protein my urine rids of. In total, I take seven pills a day. To this day there is no cure for Lupus yet.
In the last couple years I have been taking my disease more seriously than I ever have. Finding out at the age of twenty-one that my Lupus was damaging my kidneys was a surreal moment and a real eye opener for me. It solidified the fact that my Lupus was a real disease and it was affecting my body negatively. For the first time ever I kind of lost hope.
Over the last couple months I have been doing a lot of research on veganism. I have read books, watched documentaries, and researched studies. Through all my various resources the same conclusion was being shared-that people all over the world were reversing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis just by solely changing the way they ate. People were switching to a whole foods plant-based diet and curing themselves of diseases. How could this be possible? As I continued my research I began learning about farm animals and their upbringing. In this day and age we need everything faster and better than past generations; technology, products, services, and food was no exception. Farm animals are being injected with ridiculous growth hormones that make them grow exponentially. Animals are tripling in size in such a short time span that their legs are not able to grow and maintain the weight of their bodies any longer. It is completely unnatural and cruel. Farm animals like cows are no longer out in the fields and chewing on green grass all day. They are cooped up in tiny stalls filled with their own excrements,they are unable to move, and are fed the remains of other animals. Discovering this made me feel absolutely disgusted with myself. Whatever chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones are injected or sprayed onto these animals, and whatever disgusting food they are fed, we ingest that all when we eat meat. This is when everything started to make sense for me.
Reading about all these people who cured themselves of diseases by adopting a vegan diet truly inspired me. I finally found something I could do for myself and my Lupus. Something that I had complete control over that nobody could take away from me. This blog follows my journey on a vegan diet in the attempts to reverse my Lupus and the damage it has done on my body…one step at a time.