May is Lupus Awareness month.
So many people are affected by this disease yet not many people know about it. I have a few family members and friends that live with this auto immune disease and I am encouraged by them everyday. I had the privileged of joining my friend on the annual Lupus walk in Tampa this past Sunday,the event raised over $100,000 dollars(what an accomplishment)
- Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians
- 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.
- 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). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
- Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too.
May 16th is Wear purple Day in support of Lupus Awarness. Will you rock your purple with me?