05/17/2013 11:55 am ET Updated Jul 17, 2013

WATCH: Overcoming Lupus and Following Dreams

May is Lupus Awareness Month and while some would take the diagnosis poorly, Shanelle Gabriel embraced it.

When singer, poet and activist Shanelle was diagnosed in 2004, she used this new obstacle to climb higher to her dreams. She joined the American College of Rheumatology's Simple Tasks campaign to educate others on rheumatic diseases, such as Lupus. She is inspiring others to value their health and their life.

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