Lupus brought with it a need to depend upon God and others for the strength and ability I so often lack. Lupus means learning to accept and live within narrowed limitations, while learning about personal peace and contentment. Lupus means learning to prioritize what is most important, since I am unable to do everything I would like to. Lupus means learning to have compassion toward others who have similar challenges to mine, because I know what it is to struggle just to feel good and do the basic things of life with a physical burden. Because of Lupus, I am stronger, more determined and perhaps more real than I would be without it.
But today, I thank God also for Benlysta, and for the many, many people that invested their money to bring it to market and provide for years of research, development and clinical trials. I am thankful for the FDA committee that saw beyond political correctness to approve a drug for lupus that still needed more efficacy testing in treating women of color. I am thankful for the patients who had the courage to engage in Benlysta clinical trials without knowing if it would help them. I am thankful for my doctor who was willing to prescribe it. I am also thankful for the generosity of the manufacturer of Benlysta, who provides patient support and financial copay assistance programs to the lupus patients who need it.
Today, I see how much my “glass” is so much more than half-full, it is full to the brim and spilling over as I carry it through each day of this adventure! Today, I thank God for who He is, and for the life and light He gives to me. On this Thanksgiving Day, I praise Him for His greatness and great love.