Lupus Awareness Month: Day Two

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So what is Lupus?

It is an incurable immune system illness. It is believed to have a genetic  origin and  is mainly suffered by females. It is also more common to the black and Asian population. Other illnesses that arise from a faulty immune system are arthritis and rheumatism and it is often found that the Lupus patient has family members with other autoimmune conditions such as MS, thyroid problems, diabetes, Raynauds, scleroderma, Sjogrens and others.

In Lupus the body produces too many antibodies so that in effect the body starts attacking itself and can be triggered a  number of ways- by a viral infection, strong medication, sunlight, trauma, around puberty, after childbirth or the menopause. Environmental factors can also have an impact. Here is a brief video.

http://www.dnatube.com/video/10559/Animation-of-a-systemic-lupus-erythematosus

Lupus can affect some of the major organs of the body- kidneys, skin, heart, lungs and brain.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Lupus is more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. So why do so few people know about it?!

LUPUS IS CURRENTLY INCURABLE

 

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Author: onoodlesstitchcraft

An erstwhile teacher who has taken a new path due to illness and returned to an earlier existence exploring her artistic and creative skills of stitchcraft. My oldest son laughs and says I am as mad as a spoon, qualifying the comment that I am not like other middle aged mothers... well hurrah for that! So what do I do? I love to cook, I am never without a craft project or a few on the go, I love my garden, walking, nature and the environment. I am a magpie for vintage patterns and love colour. I get pleasure from creating and giving to friends. I have a rabbit! I ride a bike and recycle... Drink too much tea and like nothing better than to lunch with friends. Snuggling up on cold winter nights is essential. I like the theatre; musicals and dance in particular. Amongst my favourite films are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singing in the Rain and Fried Green Tomatoes. I love to read anything from Crime thrillers to classics (love Wuthering Heights) or biographies about inspirational people. I hate sexism or racism and disingenuous people. I value friendship and above all else my family.

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