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Living With Lupus: Part 1 | Queen Quin
I was diagnosed with Lupus in November of 2011. Let me apologize in advance for the length of this post. May is Lupus Awareness Month, and as someone living with this chronic illness I think it’s important that I educate those around me. Before I get into my personal story here is an overview for those who may not know a lot about Lupus, and how it affects the human body. What is Lupus? According to the Lupus Foundation of America, Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). It is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the immune system attacks its own tissues. “Chronic” means that symptoms are not temporary, lasting over months and sometimes even years. Lupus is autoimmune, meaning the immune system cannot differentiate between foreign invaders (viruses, bacteria, and germs) and the body’s healthy tissues. This results in autoantibodies that attack and cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Things you should know: Lupus is NOT contagious, in any way (I’ve gotten that question so many times). Lupus is NOT like, or related to, HIV or AIDS. In Lupus the immune system is...