My Story: The Cost of a Miracle

    After completely killing it at adulting and cancelling the biopsy procedure while avoiding the calls to reschedule the appointment, I started to look forward to my appointment with Dr. Kokayi. I scheduled an appointment and tried not to think about how...

My Story: A Visit to the Nephrologist

Something that this disease has taught me is humility, and that there is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. In fact there are many people in your circle who are waiting for an opportunity to help you in any way they can. After being in a rut for...

My Story: World Lupus Day Five Years Ago

  Today is World Lupus Day! It’s funny how much can happen in a month, let alone a year. A year ago today exactly, I decided to launch what would be the first out of two failed attempts to share my three-year journey, struggle, life with lupus; and what a journey...

Patients Medical: Why Wasn’t I Born an Heiress?

After the third appointment with Dr. Ni I wasn’t sure if I was improving. I was past the allergic reaction to the plaquenil, but rashes were still popping up on my body in their various forms and I was losing my hair. I wasn’t sure how long it would take before I...

Dr. Ni, Acupuncture and Dismembering

  I walked out hoping my sister would be waiting for me at the curb, no such luck. I come from a long line of people who don’t pick up their loved ones on time. My own parents, who I know love me very much, would pick me up from school anywhere from 4:30 to about...

Acupuncture Doesn’t Get Rid of Flies

I am not sure what I was expecting, but her office address was right in the middle of a relatively nice area in DC proper. So when I walked into an unmarked office building that was beige and dank, my heart and expectations sank. There were many beige and off-white...
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