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Showing Support for Lupus Awareness Month

Many people have heard of Lupus or may know someone with the disease. In general, though, unless it affects someone close to you, many don’t understand what Lupus really is. This October, take the time to learn more about Lupus and support the cause to find a cure.

The Lupus Foundation of America defines lupus as “a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).  In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system.  Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders.  [With lupus], your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.  These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.”

An estimated 1.5 to 2 million people across the country live with the affects of lupus every day.  While there are time of remission, there are other periods when the disease can be very painful.  The symptoms of lupus, such as extreme fatigue, headaches, and painful or swollen joints, are common with other illnesses as well.  This makes lupus a difficult disease to diagnose.

To learn more about lupus, its causes and treatment options, please visit the Lupus Foundation of America website.

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