I am a 42 year old single African- American mom currently battling systemic lupus in its more severe form. June, 2004, I narrowly escaped death when a very sudden and aggressive attack shut down my pancreas and liver. While doctors were scratching their heads I suffered in ways I didn’t know was possible. I contribute my survival to my faith in God and his grace to allow me to live in order to to raise my 15 year old son, who has no one but me. My close call with death, although not the first has left me focused on the purpose of my life I have left and even more on giving purpose and meaning to the life I have lived.