Carla Norris : Her story in her own words
My name is Carla Norris. I am 48 years old and was diagnosed with Lupus in 2008. My story is a lot like other lupus patients’ stories. I had been feeling poorly for years and years and was tested and tested, and told that there wasn’t anything wrong with me. Sound familiar? I finally started seeing a new family doctor and she referred me to a rheumatologist who immediately diagnosed me with lupus. My lupus mainly manifests itself in chronic gastrointestinal problems, as well as the “normal” lupus symptoms. I recently started the new drug, Benlysta, and am hoping that it greatly improves my health.
In 2011, my next door neighbor, Emily, told me that she was going to walk in the Northern Cincinnati Lupus Walk and asked if I would like to do it with her. (She was also doing it for her mother-in-law, who also has lupus). I told her that that yes, I would like to do that, assuming I felt okay. I agreed that I would also get sponsors for our “team.” I ended up feeling good on that morning and walked with her! I have really good family and friends that sponsored me last year and this year. I plan on walking in this year’s Walk too barring any health issues.