December 5, 2021
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
  • 8:30 am Will the Bulletin Make Today Tomorrow?
  • 9:04 am Different Neighborhoods Warrant Rubber Bullets or Traffic Control For Protesters
  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
  • 2:35 pm Will Time Run Out Before Funds for PEGS? [UPDATED]
  • 8:41 am Year of the Rat? What’s That?
  • 6:20 am Artist Who Gave Life to Death and Inspired Countless Others Gets His Due at Dominguez Hills
  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 1:22 pm THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE BULLETIN IS HERE
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
  • 1:30 pm What to Expect When You’re Expecting New Buildings
  • 1:54 pm What is one thing that you’re grateful for this year? What is something that 2021 has taught you?
  • 1:10 pm The obstacles and achievements of first-generation students
  • 12:42 pm Seasonal Depression: The Scrooge of Mental Health
  • 12:34 pm Body Positivity: Staying Afloat During the Holidays
  • 1:53 pm Annual ‘Totes for Tots’ Initiative Aims to Give Back to the Community

By Jessica Olvera, Co-Sports Editor

If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that there are those young adults who truly believe that they’re invincible against the coronavirus and will take the chance of exposing themselves to fulfill their spring break plans. But, the chances of contracting the virus are far greater for those in higher-risk groups. 

And we all know what the people in those groups look like: our grandparents, right? 

Well sometimes, they look like me. 

I have Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), which is an autoimmune disease that attacks your body’s immune system and organs. Lupus mainly affects the face and the joints but can affect major organs including the kidneys. According to statistics from The Lupus Foundation of America, 90 percent of people living with Lupus are women, people of color are two to three times more likely to suffer from it than Caucasians, and most develop the disease between the ages of 15-44. 

 Lupus can’t be cured and it has taken its toll on me both physically and mentally. Symptoms of those who have it vary from sore muscles and aching wrists to the more serious. I’m one of the lucky ones graced with Costochondritis, an inflammation of the cartilage in my rib cage that feels like my heart is going to burst out of my chest.

 I was diagnosed at the age of 18, I’m now 22 but often feel like at least three times that age with all the health problems that can flare up at any time. That is why I must stick to a specific routine that includes taking eight pills a day, slathering my face in vitamin E oil, using heat packs to help my constant joint pain and arthritis, steroid shots to help relieve muscle spasms, and fighting the extreme fatigue to get through each day.

Dealing with Lupus as a young student is already a difficult task, but my struggle is compounded by COVID-19. Not only do I have to be even more vigilant in terms of social distancing due to my suppressed immune system, but I have to worry that I will lose access to one of the medications I need to stabilize my condition.

It’s Hydroxychloroquine, which is derived from chloroquine and is also used to fight malaria. There has apparently been some success in using it on those infected with COVID-19 but there are terrible side effects. President Trump won’t stop praising it even though his top medical advisers are hardly endorsing it. On March 29, the USFDA approved the drug for emergency treatment for COVID-19 patients. While that decision might be based on the president following his gut rather than sound scientific research, there’s nothing speculative about the risk to me and others if our prescriptions can’t be refilled because there’s a shortage due to it being used as a last chance hope for COVID-19 patients.

I know how my body acts without it, and not having it scares me because I know the force inside my body that I fight daily will only get stronger in the years to come.

Four years ago I was at softball practice during my freshman year at Mt. San Antonio College. I had just finished a series of vigorous conditioning workouts and my face felt on fire, as if it burned to the touch. The sweat dripping down my face felt like acid. Then I saw red, peeling blotches appear on my face. I immediately went to see my dermatologist and was told that I should get tested for something I had never heard of before: Lupus. 

On the third day after being tested, my mom received a letter in the mail that contained my results. I had tested positive. At 18 years old.

She burst into tears and I just sat on the couch, wondering how much it would affect my life going forward. It has and is still something I have to deal with. But one of the problems with so-called invisible diseases next to living with one, is that most people don’t understand or even know about it.

With the threat of the coronavirus, it’s taken on a far different toll. Now, friends, family members, and outsiders could be putting me in danger by not social distancing and keeping me from being exposed to a disease that they may not even know they have but that could potentially kill me.

But even those who know I have it are an issue. Because I am taking a medication that may have some effect on COVID-19, my family sometimes pressures me into being the one to go outside and grab all the necessities like groceries, laundry soap, and the current holy grail of the world: toilet paper.

Yes, I can control how often I go out, but I can’t control access to a drug that runs out. Like all of us, I don’t know what’s to come tomorrow, next week or months from now. It’s a frightening time for everyone and all we can do is do the best we can to take care of ourselves.

So if you happen to see me out and you instinctively walk closer to say hello or get my attention and I seem to be backpedaling instead of happy? Don’t take it personally just because I have to.

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