2I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 17…a terrible time to deal with the symptoms like extreme fatigue and joint pain.  I had to drop out of high school and I lost my job…I couldn’t function and for a 17 year old that was devastating.  After more than a year of different pain meds and being told I was a typical lazy teenager my family doctor called me into her office, “well Jillian…I have good news and bad news!  The good news is we know whats wrong with you, the bad news is its Lupus.”  End of discussion.  I thought I was dying of cancer!  I fell into a huge depression until my wonderful angel of a Mother pushed to get me into one of the top Lupus clinics with one of the top specialists.  Sure enough I had Lupus and I needed to quickly learn how to to deal with that.  We weren’t sure where this journey was going to take me, I may require a wheelchair or my other organs may be attacked. We could only go day by day and monitor this very closely! After trial and error we found the right medication.  I had no choice but to live my life to the best of my ability…until one day I decided that wasn’t enough….I was going to win and not let Lupus beat me.  I started running, I ran further and I ran faster and in 2010 I ran the New York Marathon (and I ran it well).  I was determined to beat Lupus.  I am now a wife to an amazing husband and a Mother to the most perfect little boy (with another on the way).  There have been many ups and downs in the years since being diagnosed but I refuse to let Lupus win.