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Lupus - Facing the Storm

Lupus - Facing the Storm

From winter blizzards to the summer breeze, heavy showers and severe thunderstorms, Meteorologist Cat Taylor keeps track of all of it when it comes to the weather in Siouxland.

Weather is her passion.

Five days a week, Cat wakes up around 1:00 A.M. to be at work by 2:00 A.M., to prepare the weather forecast and have it ready to go before the 5 AM news.

On air she's poised, professional and quick to deliver the latest weather updates.

Behind the camera, she's facing another storm.

This storm started brewing four years ago.

"I was having chest pains in my chest, it was hard to breathe, my heart rate was really high," recalled Cat Taylor.

Cat thought she was having a heart attack, but it was something far greater.

In 2013, at only 24-years-old, she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body's healthy tissue.

"So when I first got diagnosed I was attacked in my heart and lungs, so it was in my cardiovascular and my respiratory systems," said Taylor. "I have a lot of fluid in my heart and lungs. It was hard to breathe, it was putting strain in my heart and I had a high heart rate."

Symptoms of lupus include muscle pain, skin rash, exhaustion, swollen joints, even depression.

Lupus affects more than 5 million people, including Cat's own mom.

"I was diagnosed, I knew that I always have somebody there that could understand what I was going through," said Taylor, "My mom would obviously stay there with me every step of the way."

What's more, doctors say because of Cat's diagnosis, her chances of having a child is only 50 percent.

"You know a lot of us have problems on top of problems on top of problems, and in my case, I may not be able to have kids," said Taylor. "That's something I've always wanted."

But even though the debilitating disease has taken a toll on Cat's life, she's not going to let it take control of her.

"I had really struggled whether I should tell people at work about my disease and finally when I did, I found that everyone here at KMEG was extremely supportive," said Taylor. "They all understand and they all want to help."

If you'd like more information on lupus, please visit the web site for the Lupus Foundation of America at: lupus.org.

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