Lilacs for Julianna Blog Hop & A Giveaway!

Secondary Characters – Lupus

When I wrote Lilacs for Juliana, I knew I wanted the heroine’s sister to have some type of chronic illness, and her mother, too. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and several other inflammatory conditions and we have other family members with authoimmune disorders, including Lupus. I wondered when physician first began understanding the disease. As I researched, I was pleased to discover that during the time frame of my story (late 1800’s) there were physicians, particularly in England, who were looking for treatments for Lupus. So my sister’s heroine was given Lupus and I had her mother suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Any condition is experienced as an individual responds to it. There is no one size fits all, despite our tendency to think that a certain diagnosis means certain symptoms. So I had to decide which characteristics of Lupus would present with Juliana’s sister, Claudette, and under what circumstances. And I introduced a physician into the storyline who had trained in England under the researched interested in Lupus. So he’s a bit “intrusive” as he’s fascinated by Claudette’s manistestation of the disease and wants to help her.
There is no cure for Lupus, even today. There are ways to manage the disease, but even then there are no guarantees. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.
I wanted Claudette to be someone coping with the disease, but wanting more for herself. She couldn’t be allowed to move to the forefront of the story, but I wanted her management of her symptoms to result in some changes for her life that also affected my heroine’s story line.
Also, being the youngest in the family, Claudette hasn’t coped well with her disease—having been babied by others, including my heroine, who believes it is her responsibility to caretake this younger sister, who is also an adult, like herself. When the doctor challenges Claudette to begin some treatments, she pushes back, surprising Juliana. But when she does make some changes in her life, doors begin to open for Claudette.

Do you have a family member with an autoimmune disorder? Have you read any books where you felt this disorder was particularly well shown in the novel?

Bio: Former “Yooper” Carrie Fancett Pagels writes Christian historical romances about overcoming. She grew up in Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where many of her stories are set. Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading—but not all at the same time!

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50 responses to “Lilacs for Julianna Blog Hop & A Giveaway!

  1. My daughter suffers from chronic fatigue – the lingering effect of a nasty viral infection years ago.

    Most informative thank you.



  2. No one in my family suffers from an autoimmune disease. My daughter-in-law’s best friend recently discovered she has Lupus.
    I’ve worked in the medical field most of my life and I enjoy stories dealing with those issues.


  3. Thanks so much, Cheryl, for having me on! Hope to see you soon!

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  4. My sister suffers from Lupus. But even through it all she is a BIG inspiration to me. Her and her Husband are also Foster Parents for Babies.


  5. I don’t have any family members with Lupus or an autoimmune disease. Your story sounds powerful and inspiring. I am a lover of historical stories, and am adding this to my list!


  6. bibledoctrinesrevisited

    The book looks good. I, too, believe in writing about hope and overcoming. I have had CFS/Fibromyalgia and have NALD (non-alcoholic liver disease) and MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity). I know auto-immune disease is no fun but with God all things are possible and I am much improved after 20 years in many areas. I know RA is rough, my heart goes out to you. I have a friends and a 14 year old niece who just came down with Lyme’s and a 16 year-old grandson with Crohn’s. It is a rough world out there. I am glad you are writing about it! God bless you!


  7. Hi Cheryl. Thanks for hosting Carrie. She is such a sweet lady. Love her books and anxious for the third book. I have Poly Myalgia Rheumatica among a lot of things. For those who may not have heard of this, it is sort of like Fibro myalgia but worse according to the doctors..,with other things. But could be much worse. There are several in our family who have problems with depression. And, the two children of a great nephew in AZ, has that autoimmune disease. Please put my name in.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <


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  9. LOVED the book – so lively and encouraging!


  10. singinglibrarian2015

    Very much looking forward to reading Lilacs for Juliana.

    I think one of my friends from high school has an autoimmune disorder, but I don’t know all the details.



    • Hey Sydney, there are so many people who have an autoimmune disorder but they don’t talk about it because people don’t understand. I didn’t want my heroine’s sister, Claudette to be invisible with her Lupus–I wanted the doctor to help her. Thanks!


  11. carylkane

    Congratulations Carrie on the release of Lilacs for Julianna! 🙂

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  12. No one that I know of in my family has an autoimmune disorder.
    I’d like to read Lilacs for Julianna 🙂
    Trisha B ..
    PS.. I’m using my moms account to leave my reply here 🙂

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  13. The book looks great! I have fibromyalgia, and it’s something that I’ve never seen dealt with in a book. It’s a great idea to have a character with something like an autoimmune disorder because so many people don’t have any idea what people with one live with every day.

    This is the first I’ve learned of the book series, but I’ll be looking them up!


  14. I have fibromyalgia,chronic fatique syndrom,and more.It is so hard to deal with and hard to get people to understand.My daughter has been sick for going on five years and hopefully son we will have a diagnosis.I am lookig forward to reading this book.I wish more authors would write about characters with auto immune diseases.


  15. My aunt has an auto-immune disease that caused all her hair to fall out. I have arthritis, but it is Osteoarthritis. dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com


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  17. No diseases like that in my family. I think it is interesting you involved it into your story!

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  18. I only know of one person with Lupus, she’s an old family friend. I’ve known her since I was 9, but I now live in another state and have for a long time. So I don’t really keep in touch anymore. I also know a few people with Fiber Myalgia (spelling?) & how deliberating that can be to a person during flare-ups. I don’t know anyone with an autoimmune disorder, at least that I know of. I can see where in that time period for the story, it would be hard to know what it is or how to treat it! Medical advances have come a long way since then, and even though there is no cure, it can be treatable enough to help the person function.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of “Lilacs for Juliana”, I’d love to add this to the other two books!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    • Hey Trixi! Thanks for coming by. Lupus, like other autoimmune diseases, affects everyone differently, so your friend may have a different experience than someone else with the disease. It can be deadly. It can also be mild and manageable. I was a little surprised to find that the British were already researching Lupus during this time period. Blessings!


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  21. My mother also suffers from Lupus, so I also personally know and see how hard life can be for her. I wish there was a guaranteed treatment for it. It has always hurt me so much to see her in pain. So far, no; I have yet to come across any other book that has shown this very well. sabs[dot]joy[at[gmail[do]com


  22. My granddaughter, my son and I all have Fibromyalgia. My mom and sister had Reynaud’s disease. My mom had Rheumatiod Arthritis. I haven’t read any books dealing with them. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com


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