My name is Elena and I've been living with Lupus since 2001. In the summer of '09, I was diagnosed with Lupus Cerebritis (inflammation of the brain) and experienced severe personality changes. In that altered state, I started a blog that would, over the next five years, evolve into "Face Forward." Since my recovery, I've committed to using my blog as a platform for chronic illness awareness and patient/caretaker advocacy, while aspiring to combine my Elena-brand of descriptive storytelling with relevant, useful info. I invite health warriors of all kinds to visit me at "Face Forward," a meeting place on the journey towards balance, health, and epic adventure!