I am a traveler with lupus nephritis. This autoimmune disease is one of many chronic illnesses that prevent (or discourage) future travelers from seeing the world. From medications, treatments, and doctor appointments to the fear of flare-ups and hospitalization abroad, most people like me are understandably cautious about traveling with an illness.
But having lupus hasn’t stopped me. While it was scary to consider at first and took a while to muster the courage to do, I am now able to maintain good health and wellness while traveling overseas long-term.
Things aren’t always sunshine and high energy, I’ll admit -- it’s a learning process. So here’s what I’ve learned about what is like to travel abroad with an illness: