When I was a young child, I thought the best superpowers to have would be one of flight and one of invisibility. Neither one of those superpowers came to fruition for me, at least not as I had wished for as a child.
I did get some superpowers though, it just happens that I’m too heavy to fly on my own. Magic capes have not come into my ownership and using a broomstick is pretty much just a daily occurrence for me. No friends, the superpowers I received are from lupus.
I gained invisibility, just through having an invisible illness. I had always thought being invisible would let me do fun things, perhaps grab a small slice of cake with no one knowing who’d nabbed it. I also thought I could just randomly turn up in chairs and scare people when they went to sit on me. And to think of all the things I’d learn while being invisible to everyone.
The truth is having an invisible illness is not that much fun. It is more of a fight really. You see for a long time I had to fight to get doctors to believe there was something wrong with me. Then I had to fight this weird idea people have of lupus. It isn’t contagious, it’s not like the television show House. It does try to be in charge more then it should. You see the really super part of lupus is that it allows my body to attack itself. Yep that’s right, my healthy body is bored or something so it’s own immune system destroys itself. Pretty cool huh? Of course not, but that’s the invisible power of lupus.
And because lupus is an invisible illness, most people do not understand or see how sick I am. Sometimes I wish I could fly away from lupus, but alas I cannot. I can, however, share what life with lupus is like to help create awareness and understanding. And hopefully all of this will help lead to a cure. Now at, friends, would be an amazing super power.