Christine suffers from an autoimmune illness called Lupus. It’s a chronic inflammatory disorder where your own body attacks itself because it can’t tell the difference between “you” protein and “foreign” protein. It’s your immunity become amnesiac, and begins attacking itself. Many organs become involved and the disorder causes a high amount of fatigue. There are many other autoimmune disorders that have similar patterns. In my case, my body produces antibodies against my own moisture-producing glands such as salivary and tear glands. I have constant dry mouth, chronic dental issues, and eye problems. There is also a large arthritic component involved to boot. Because of this disorder, I now am 40% more likely to develop lymphoma than Jane Q. Public. My disorder is called Sjogren’s Syndrome and as a sufferer I am all too familiar with the daily “spoon shortage”.
|My folks, Dominic and Mary Ann Nicoletto on my wedding day.|