Nurse Fights Lupus With Help From Friend

Greater Baltimore Medical Center RN: Disease ‘helped me become better nurse’

One thought went through Brooke Buppert’s mind when she was diagnosed in April 2005 with lupus: She knew a girl who died of the disease.

A nursing student at the University of Maryland when the telltale symptoms of lupus – joint pain and swelling, trouble breathing – led Buppert to see a physician, she soon found out that having lupus was not a death sentence. These days, Buppert not only is active and healthy, but she and lifelong friend Stasia Thomas are raising money for lupus research and awareness.