Fighting the Wolf
As many of you have become aware, October is Lupus Awareness Month.
In the past, I have run a couple of contests to bring light to this difficult
disease. And I am doing that again this year. Here is what I wrote on
the subject of SLE in the past.
"The word Lupus is latin for wolf, which is said to both, attack like the wolf...
and give a person with the disease, skin rashes that resemble the bite of a wolf.
The thing about Lupus, is that people in general, don't have any idea what it is
or how debilitating, devastating and possibly life-threatening it can be.
As, most of you know...I have been fighting the disease for
many years, and have beaten it back.... many times!
I am THRILLED to report that my latest round of blood tests show that I
am in REMISSION!! ~ HALLELUJAH!! Thank you, sweet Lord!
I was told when first diagnosed that I would be lucky to stay
out of a wheelchair for another year.
BUT....I'M STILLING WALKING!
I was told "Systemic Lupus Erythematoses" could kill me within 5 years.
BUT....I'M STILL HERE!
I was told that there is no cure and that I could only fight symptoms with medication.
BUT....I fought with Meds only at first, then when that wasn't enough;
with vitamins, food supplements, music, laughter, fasting, and most
importantly INFORMATION! I became educated on the subject. I studied...
Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Natural Healing...you name it!"
*HERE ARE THE FACTS:
(Please Watch this quick video if you don't have time to read everything!)
[link] (Video found at X-Plain.com)
*Introduction to Lupus
(Information found at www.lupus.org)
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body,
including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain.
Normally the body's immune system makes proteins called antibodies,
to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign
materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.
In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the
difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues.
The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself.
These antibodies - called "auto-antibodies" (auto meaning 'self' )
cause inflammation, pain and damage to various parts of the body.
Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus.
Inflammation, which in Latin means "set on fire," is characterized
by pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function, either on the inside
or on the outside of the body (or both).
For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs.
For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems.
Although epidemiological data on lupus is limited, studies suggest
that more than 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year.
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) estimates between 1.5 - 2 million
Americans have a form of lupus, but the actual number may be higher.
More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women. Symptoms and
diagnosis occur most often when women are in their child-bearing
years, between the ages of 15 and 45.
In the United States, lupus is more common in African Americans,
Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans than in Caucasians.
Although lupus can affect any part of the body, most people
experience symptoms in only a few organs. The most common of
symptoms with SLE are listed below. Occurrences of particular
symptoms happening are listed as percentages.
* Achy joints / arthralgia (95 percent)
* Fever of more than 100 degrees (90 percent)
* Arthritis / swollen joints (90 percent)
* Prolonged or extreme fatigue (81 percent)
* Skin Rashes (74 percent)
* Anemia (71 percent)
* Kidney Involvement (50 percent)
* Pain with deep breathing / pleurisy (45 percent)
* Butterfly-shaped rash on the cheeks and nose (42 percent)
* Sun or light sensitivity / photosensitivity (30 percent)
* Hair loss (27 percent)
* Abnormal blood clotting problems (20 percent)
* Raynaud's phenomenon (17 percent)
* Seizures (15 percent)
* Mouth or nose ulcers (12 percent)
* I have personally experienced all but one of these symptoms.
*If you have several of them, please see your doctor right away.
HOW CAN I HELP?
*Donations can be made to 'The Lupus Foundation of America' here: [link]
*You can also take part in my Lupus Awareness Contest by simply
submitting an entry! ~ I will donate 50 cents to the foundation for
every entry. So, please consider entering my contest below!
"The Season of the Wolf Contest II!"