In 2003, while living in San Francisco, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus. It was a bummer. These preview pages depict what happened after I’d gone through a few months of being mysteriously ill (I know, how romantic sounding. In the olden times they probably would have accused me of having hysteria or vapors) before getting diagnosed and going through the first round of medications that didn’t work they way they were supposed to.
A bit of medical info: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your own body. There is no cure, only various treatments. It can happen internally and externally, and the type of lupus I had/have (currently in remission) is the internal kind in which my immune system attacked my joint tissue and organs. So that’s what’s going on in these pages, as I headed in for a more serious course of treatment.