You’re a young Black woman in her late 20’s. You’re socially active and have a great life. But you’ve recently noticed that you’re starting to feel more and more fatigued with your daily routine. You think your fatigue is just part of the stress coming from your busy life. So you try a few at home “remedies” to help with the exhaustion. But nothing seems to help. You’re pretty good about taking care of yourself and notice that you have your annual medical check-up coming up. So you make a mental note to mention your symptoms to your doctor.
The day of your doctor’s appointment, you nonchalantly mention your symptoms. Your doctor decides to order some blood work and tests. In the meantime, he/she tells you to get rest, reduce stress, and that they will contact you in a few weeks with your test results. You take their advice. But a week later you’re still feeling fatigued and your joints are aching. Shortly after that, you get a call back that your lab results are abnormal. Your doctor says that you need to come back into the office because your lab results are consistent with a diagnosis of lupus.