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…
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