Sara Gorman was diagnosed in January of 2001 with systemic lupus. She was 26 years old, had been married less than six weeks, and was at a high point in her career in television production. Determined not to let a chronic illness dictate her plans for the future, she refused to admit that her busy lifestyle and indomitable attitude were hindering her chances for a long, productive life. After four years of running her body into the ground, she realized she was fighting life, instead of living it. Thus, she made it her top priority to start living well, despite lupus. The steps she took to regain the health and wellness she’d lost are outlined in her book, Despite Lupus: How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness. Quitting her job, postponing plans for pregnancy, and cutting off her hair (or what she had left) are just a few of the monumental, courageous steps she took to reach her goal of living well, despite lupus.
A native of Indiana and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Sara resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Johnny, daughter Deirdre, and two pug dogs, Henry and Darwin. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.