It’s lupus Awareness month 10 things I need you to be aware of.

lupus awareness month

But for me I am already aware. I often wonder what to do at times like this. What do I want people to be aware of? and more importantly what do I want them to do? Every year this time comes around I feel stumped. I don’t want to just let you know that lupus [...]

lupus fact #9

“Kidney disease occurs in 50-75% of children with SLE.  The prevalence seems to be slightly higher than that seen in adults.” I have no reference point to this but as the lupus Foundation of America said it I just wanted to share it with you.  

lupus fact #10

“Only ten percent of people with lupus will have a close relative who already has lupus or may develop lupus. Some people with lupus also will have a relative who has lupus or another autoimmune disease.” lupus Foundation of America I have no reference point to this but I thought I’d mention it anyway!

lupus fact #8

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any organ in the body and can cause life-threatening consequences” I can honestly say that there is not an orifice or organ of my body that has not been involved in my lupus journey but I also know that the prognosis does not have to be one [...]

lupus facts #7

children get lupus too!

5 percent of all cases of lupus are in children. About 20% of systemic lupus patients are diagnosed before 20 years of age. In the majority of these individuals, the illness begins around the time of puberty, or 12 to 14 years of age. lupus is that it does not discriminate, there are even stories of children being born [...]

lupus fact #6

men get lupus too

“Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are females. Males also can develop lupus and their disease can be more severe in some organs” lupus Foundation of America It’s bad enough living with lupus but it must be even more challenging being a man as all information is generally geared towards the plight of the [...]

lupus fact #5

lupus you can't catch it

“You can’t catch lupus. Lupus is not contagious and can’t be given to someone if you have the disease.” lupus Foundation of America There are lots of times I would like to share it with others. Okay that’s not strictly true because I wouldn’t wish this on anyone not even my worst enemy (well only sometimes)

lupus fact #2

the immune system is over active fighting each other

“In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu).The result is the production of autoantibodies that attack healthy tissue.” lupus Foundation of America I imagine it like a group of friends sitting around the table with not a lot [...]

lupus fact #4

Sometimes what you don't know can kill you

“Lupus is not related to HIV/AIDS. In lupus, the immune system is overactive, while in HIV or AIDS, the immune system is underactive.” lupus Foundation of America Mention immune system and people start to wonder, well that’s what happens in places like Jamaica when there is even less awareness than the rest of the world. I [...]

lupus fact #3

“Most people with lupus will experience joint pain without swelling.” lupus Foundation of America I remember my friend’s mum talking about joint pain and I could never imagine why she didn’t do more. I had had joint pain and it seemed like something you just got used to. Then the day came when I asked [...]