What is Lupus?
Lupus (SLE) is a serious disease that can affect anyone. It is a autoimmune disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues by mistake. It can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. It is mostly diagnosed in young women, between the ages of 15 and 44.
Symptoms vary but can include fatigue, joint pain, rash, and fever. These can periodically get worse (flare-up) and then improve.
While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids. This disease affects over 200,000 people a year in the USA.
My Lupus Story
My journey with Lupus started over 12 years ago, it took a few years for doctors to figure out what was really wrong with me. Many symptoms of lupus mimic other diseases and therefore getting a diagnosis was very difficult. After being treated for anemia among other symptoms for quite a while, a rash appeared on the bridge of my noise. After several treatments of ointment from the dermatologist which didn’t help, a biopsy was done, finally leaving me with a diagnosis of Lupus.
Over the last 12 years I have had many downs, however having family and friends that support you, taking the medications that are prescribed to you, having a great relationship with your doctor, eating a healthy diet, and exercising does help.
Now years later, I want to help educate others who may be misinformed and are having difficulty understanding this disease.
Lupus is not a simple disease, it can take many years to diagnosed and it can have a huge effect on not only the patient, but also their families and relationships.
Every year I try to participate in the Lupus Walk to help raise money for research for a cure. Over the last 10 years, there has definitely been improvements in medicine for lupus patient.
For my lupie sisters/brothers we are wanting a cure.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided and presented is to meant to educate and inform visitors in their quest to learn more about this horrific disease. The research and information provided on this site are not meant to be used as a substitute for Professional Medical advice. Information is gathered from several sources via the internet, print and interviews with doctors and professionals and may differ from your physician’s advice. Before attempting to change anything in your medical or health regimen, It is recommended that you first check with your personal physician.