Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissue and organs. It causes high levels of persistent inflammation, which can nega...
Sara Gorman was diagnosed with systemic lupus at the age of
26. Determined not to let lupus rewrite her plans for the future, she fought to
maintain her demanding work schedule, busy social life, and invincible
attitude. But after four years of running her body into the ground, she
realized she was fighting life, not living it. Committed to working with the disease rather than against it,
she made it her top priority to start living well, despite lupus. Her book, Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic
Illness, details the steps it took to reach that goal. Letting go of her
career, postponing plans for pregnancy, and cutting off her hair (or what she
had left) are just a few of the monumental steps she took to reach her goal of
living well, despite lupus.
A native of Indiana and graduate of the University of Notre
Dame, Sara resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two young
daughters and pug dog. She continues to blog about living well with a chronic
illness at www.despitelupus.com. In
the spring of 2012, Sara launched Sara Gorman’s Pillbags – a line of fun,
fashionable bags for medication. The stylish bags can be found at retail stores
across the country, on Amazon.com, and on her website at www.pillfold.com.