Eleven years ago, my father passed away. I was young. And I remember how I tried to make sense of it. Parents are significantly older than their children. They have “adult ailments”. And sometimes, that leads to death. Parents die. I suppose it’s normal. But I wasn’t given much time to think about it.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system is hyper active and starts to attack healthy cells and tissues in the body. It is an illness that I am currently living with today and will have to endure forever.
As a Tamil kid, one common expectation in life is go to school, graduate, go to university and get a degree. Not to mention, striving to land the perfect high status job. Basically, you want to be the one perfect kid that every Tamil aunty and uncle compares his or her child to. You are expected to be at the top of the game ALL the time!