Performing artist Shanelle Gabriel had no idea what was going on with her when she started to feel more exhausted than usual and experience strange soreness in her joints.
“Being a poet and singer, I was always a vibrant person that loved to share my gift with the world, so it was difficult when I found I couldn’t perform at the level I used to,” Shanelle said. “I wasn’t myself.”
Not long after, she was diagnosed with Lupus.
“The disease can be isolating because there isn’t much known about it yet,” Shanelle said. “That’s why I’m so glad that there’s a community of support like