My name is Brian and I have Lupus. When I was diagnosed in 2011, it wasn’t just my life that changed, but the life of my family. I have been happily married for 18 years and am fortunate to have six wonderful children, all BOYS! Being a father with Lupus was challenging at first, mostly because they did not understand what Lupus was. Lupus has changed my daily routine and has made it challenging to keep up with the energetic lifestyle I had with my boys. I have always been an active part of my kid’s lives, from coaching their sports teams to spending evenings and weekends in the park playing.
Between my lupus symptoms and the never-ending schedule of doctor appointments, maintaining my pre-lupus lifestyle is a daily struggle. The silver lining is that there is hope for a better day and better test results. There will always be tough days, but I have learned to appreciate small victories instead of wanting the battle to be won. With the support of my family and the lupus support group, I am able to take each day as it comes and focus on the future.
This year I am hoping to be more active in local lupus events and am looking forward to participating in the 2017 Lupus Colorado Community Walk with the Purple Healers support group. I hope by sharing my story it will encourage more men with lupus to understand that they are not alone. This Father’s Day, I want all Lupus Warriors to remember that by never giving up, we can have days were we can say, “Lupus I WON TODAY!!!”