Girl Gets Angry Red Blisters All Over Her Body Due To Allergy…..to SUNLIGHT.
Posted January 14
Difficult times never come with prior warnings. Angst is defined differently by every human. For a kid, it might be losing his favorite candy; for an adult, it might be his inability to pay his debt. But for some it’s certainly much graver than that, which makes our problems look trivial as compared to theirs. This is the story of a woman whose agony started in the most unpredicted way.
Jovika Rivers started noticing blisters across her cheeks and necks when she was just 18-years-old.
Even after consulting the doctors, the root cause of her problem remained a mystery. Her health was depleting by the day and her condition was worsening. The red patches were spreading due to which she was struggling to eat, drink and carry out her daily chores. She then decided to consult her doctors for the second time and underwent some medical tests to determine what was wrong.
The tests revealed something that shook her world. The 22-year-old was diagnosed with lupus, a genetic condition, which triggers rashes on exposure to sun.
Due to her illness, she has to cover up and wear sun-screen before stepping out in the sun to prevent an outbreak. Rivers, a resident of New Orleans, revealed that she was originally misdiagnosed with eczema and how self-conscious she had become due to her red rashes. She further added that just after few months of being misdiagnosed she was admitted again because of a kidney failure and that’s when her lupus was diagnosed.
“I struggled to eat, drink, walk, and even sleep. My bed would be covered in sweat every morning and my skin became so red and blistered,” said Jovika.
Lupus causes skin rashes across the body and can even be life-threatening in some cases. In people with lupus, the immune system begins to attack and inflame healthy cells, tissue and organs, and leaves them vulnerable to sunlight. After being diagnosed with the condition, Rivers was told that she would be plagued with it for the rest of life. She was desperately looking for a way out and even tried chemotherapy to try and help her immune system, but doctors are still unsure about its effect on her body.
She stated, “I have been resting and looking after myself loads in the past year as I’m desperate to have a baby with my husband.”
Presently, she has to take 21 pills a day in order to prevent an outbreak and her husband, Howard, 23, has taken the responsibility of nursing her back to health. He selflessly takes care of her and Jovika is grateful for him as there hasn’t been any strain on their relationship because of her illness. According to her, “Even though due to my illness I’ve been unable to be affectionate, he has still stuck by me and supported me all the way through.”
“I’ve lost three stone in the past year and my skin now looks so much better, every day is still a constant struggle but if it wasn’t for Howard I could not have got through it,” added a rather gratified Jovika.
She wants to have sufficient recovery so that she can work as a nurse practitioner. The condition has even affected her social life, often preventing her from going out with friends. Rivers has since joined a lupus support group so that she can speak to others in a similar position. She said, “I like to give advice to people who also suffer from a bad case of the disease, it makes me feel good to help others in the similar position. We reassure and help each other fight this awful condition.”