Diva Info: Do You Know About Lupus?
I've recently been volunteering with the Lupus Foundation of America's Georgia Chapter. It began with the End Lupus Now Walk and I felt my efforts should not stop there. As a lupus patient, I am one of millions living in the United States with this autoimmune disease, yet we do not get the funding for research and education we need to learn more about the disease. I am doing my part to get the word out there, it is only fitting that I already have a platform, my blog.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect every organ in this body. It is a flaring disease, meaning it can be dormant and come out of remission without warning. Those most commonly diagnosed with lupus are women of color between the ages of 15 and 45. However, there are people who do not fit these descriptions, for example, more and more Caucasians and men of color are diagnosed. Even I was diagnosed at the age of nine. Most recent, media mogul, Nick Cannon, was diagnosed with lupus nephritis which explains his sudden kidney related issues in early 2012.
Key Information About Lupus:
- Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
- Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone.
- Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above.
- Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.
For more information, head over to The Lupus Foundation of America's official webpage www.lupus.org for more information.
Remember everyone knows someone with lupus, spread the word.