Shannon Boxx is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup champion with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in 2008. Watch the video to learn more about how Shannon manages her condition and copes with life with lupus.
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My name is Shannon Boxx, and my lupus journey began in 2002. I was just at the beginning of my professional soccer career when I started feeling this extreme fatigue. It took six years for them to diagnose me with SLE. My SLE symptoms are extreme fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, and the butterfly rash. The way that I've been able to cope with my symptoms is nutrition, medicine, exercise.
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My lupus symptoms impacted the way that I perform at times, and it also made me fearful of losing my job. When I retired from my sport, my lupus symptoms also impacted the way that I was able to run around with my kids. I've learned how to control what I can control, and I've also built a support system around me.
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Last but not least, I give myself a lot of grace. We all have choices and my hope is that you choose to fight because I'm going to be fighting for you and for me.