Hi I'm MarlaJan (or Marla, MJ)! I'm a thirty-something pediatric cardiac ICU nurse (currently on disability), patient advocate, and I blog over at www.luckfupus.com, a lupus awareness blog, which won the 2014 WEGO Health Hilarious Health Activist Award. I was officially diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (lupus or SLE) at the age of 26. Lupus has exponentially changed every aspect of my life, including forcing me to leave a career I loved. As a lupus sufferer, I hope to bring awareness to this little-known, devastating, incurable disease, and while I'll always keep it real, be prepared for heavy doses of humor and sarcasm! I'm also a congenital heart defect survivor (tetralogy of Fallot), and a breast cancer previvor (mastectomy 12/1/14), so there is a great deal of information I can bring to the table. I love connecting with other's who live with lupus, and look forward to leading this community. MoreLess
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I am a young older woman. I am beautiful, inside and out. I have a wonderful husband of 32 years and very accepting, loving friends. I do Kundalini Yoga at least once a week with a great group of like minded, strong people. We have a fabulous instructor who has a wealth of information not only about Kundalini Yoga, but about many subjects ranging from our Earth and how to help it survive to inter-personal relationships. In general I have a great life. I do have emotional and physical problems; depression and generalized anxiety disorder along with hypothyroidism, high blood pressure (controlled by medication), being overweight, and the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia and scar tissue from way too many surgeries. MoreLess