Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning).
It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.
Its not the first time my mom has been on this medicine. In fact shes been on it a lot of times. Recently she has been really tired. I can tell its taking a lot out of her. She is not very positive anymore when she talks about her Lupus and how its making her feel. Today she told me she thinks its unfair. Thats a word Ive never heard my mom use. Were waiting to get results back from the doctor to see if her low blood platelets are from her Lupus or from Cancer. I hate putting that word in the same sentence, paragraph or any conversation involving my mom. I am scared. I cant even begin to imagine my life without my mom or a life without the mom i know and her lively attitude and way of going through life. Everytime she calls me I am worried its going to be her telling me she got her results back and that she in fact has cancer. I now feel so much more compassion to people everywhere who have in countered cancer within their families or any disease that causes pain to those they love. To my mom I think this quote is fitting
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem."
Christopher Robin to Pooh
I love you mom and am praying that things work out as they should. I know that you can make it through. Keep being strong and fighting this awfully, hideous, completely unfair and icky Lupus. Love you!