I just want to chat. I'm 45 and live alone...my family are spread out in the US. Diagnosed about 6 weeks ago and just started the Plaquenil. My doctor (who is great, but old) says that he'll die before I do, but how do we really know? So far, tests show that my heart, lungs and kidneys are unaffected, but there's a question on my liver, which they are watching...Like many others, I'm sure, I feel I've had this at least 5 years, but my Internist just didn't listen. My friends don't understand and are tired of hearing me complain about being sick and tired. I've got Hashimotos Thyroiditis ANd Rheumatoid Arhritis, so I feel I'm in for the fight of my life....I need some Lupus buddies....any takers????