Positive attitude, prayers and support from family were some of the things that helped 36-year-old, Julie Whippy survive hardships caused by Lupus disease.
Whippy says she was admitted in the hospital for more than 4 months and her husband and family members were always there to support her.
She says in 2015 she suffered a kidney failure so there were challenges with finding a matching kidney donor.
Whippy says they are fortunate that doctors in India were able to perform an abo incompatible kidney transplant which means that she received a kidney from a person with different blood group.
She now visits patients who are suffering from Lupus and shares her experience and advise them and their families that they can live with Lupus and have a normal life.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body and it strikes women of childbearing age, 15‑44 years old.
People diagnosed with Lupus can now have a place to share their struggles and find support through the Lupus Foundation Fiji.