- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
May 10th is World Lupus Day. For those who don’t know, Lupus can be either systemic (all over the body) or discoid (the skin) as well as drug induced and neonatal. It’s an autoimmune disease which basically means the body develops antibodies that attack itself, causing some pretty bad damage. It is chronic, meaning that it lasts a long time and has “flare ups” which means sometimes the person may feel fine and other times will be in a lot of pain. There is no cure and up until a few years ago, it meant an almost certain death. People with Lupus usually get diagnosed between ages 15-44 and it primarily affects women. You may have seen the “butterfly rash” that people with Lupus develop and wondered what it was. My mom has Lupus and trust me when I say that it is life changing, both for the person with the disease and their family and friends. It has certainly affected our relationship and it is hard for me to remember that there are certain things she can’t do anymore than she used to do, like go out in the sun without worrying about getting 2nd-3rd degree burns if she is out there for even longer than 10 min. World Lupus Day was founded to raise awareness about the disease. Check out this website if you want to know more:http://www.worldlupusday.org/learn-more.html
I hope this post isn’t against the rules. I just found out about World Lupus Day and obviously it is something that is close to my heart so I wanted to spread the word!