Today’s HAWMC prompt is: Dear 16-year-old-me. Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?
I’ve had lupus since my early teens, so today’s prompt was very touching to me. I have so many things that I would tell myself, but I think this letter captures the most important.
Katina Rae Stapleton
Dear Kat –
I just wanted you to know that everything will be all right. I know that it is very scary to have lupus. You hurt a lot, it’s hard to concentrate, and having “funny skin” as a teen really sucks. But I am here to tell you that you already have what you need to finish high school, go to college, and even graduate school if you want. You are a smart girl, and most important, you are a fighter. Reach inside and channel that inner strength that will allow to thrive against such a rotten deal of the cards. Your family and friends will be there to help you along the way. Cherish and appreciate them. Despite lupus, you are truly blessed.
Yourself (just older, wiser, and a bit more fabulous).