Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. How in the HEALTH does that happen?
The immune system fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally our immune systems produce proteins called “antibodies” which protect the body from these invaders. In Lupus, the immune system is compromised, creating what is known as an autoimmunity.
“Autoimmunity” means your immune system cannot distinguish the difference between foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues. As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.
These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Complications can be fatal. There is still much mystery surrounding Lupus, which makes it difficult to treat the disease.
Who is at risk?
Women of childbearing age are most likely to develop lupus. In fact, lupus occurs 10 times more often in women than in men.
Women of color are also more likely to develop lupus.
What causes Lupus?
Lupus is not contagious. The causes of lupus are not fully understood; scientists believe there are several factors that may cause a person to develop lupus. These include:
Genetics. Several genes have been identified as possibly causing lupus. It has also been established that if there is a family history of lupus, this may predispose a person to developing the disease.
Environment. Scientists are looking at the link between lupus and certain environmental factors, such as UV exposure, stress, viruses, and toxins.
Hormones. Because lupus affects a greater number of women than men, it is thought that hormones, particularly estrogen, might play a role in triggering the disease.
Lupus Symptoms – CDC
I first learned of Lupus in middle school because two of my close friends had several family members who battled with lupus. Tragically, the family has since loss many family members to the disease.
Witnessing firsthand the devastation and how Lupus affects families connects me to the cause.
As shown in the photos above, my framily (friends who become family) come together to join the Walk To End Lupus Now, Columbus and Walk To End Lupus Now, Atlanta every year, not only to honor loved ones but draw awareness towards the mysterious disease.
The Columbus walk is coordinated by Detra Holloway, Founder of Diamond Butterflies Lupus Foundation. Detra has been a pillar in the community, making countless efforts to draw awareness towards Lupus.
I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2008 so I have been on a mission from God with spreading awareness. Everything is steadily growing and I’m super excited.
Join Detra for the upcoming LACING UP FOR LUPUS 5K
Lacing Up For Lupus 5K Fun Run Event Details:
Date: Saturday November 17, 2018
Race Starts: 8:30am
Location: Woodruff Park Columbus GA
Fee: $25 (includes T-shirt)
November 12th Deadline For T-shirt guarantee.
Continued research is needed to solve the very cruel mystery of LU?US. Your support is appreciated. For more information on how you can make a difference, please visit Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter.
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Wow thank you so much for this post. I’ve heard of lupus but never quite understood it and this was super helpful!
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I am glad that I could shred some light for you, thanks for reading!