What is lupus?
In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune systems produce proteins called “antibodies” which protect the body from these invaders.
I remember getting my diagnosis of lupus. My first thought was, “Now, I have an answer.” My second thought was, “Okay, I have another autoimmune.”
I have never been one to get “freaked out” over a diagnosis. That is probably because I grew up being sick all the time. I had so many allergies, ear infections and throat infections, that I had become used to always having an illness and taking medication.
For me, the worst flares are the skin sores. My skin sores range from the size of a dime to the size of a silver dollar. I have had them last a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Fatigue is the second worst flare.
All of you who have Lupus take care of yourself. Get the rest you need. Be good to yourself. Rely on the Lord and he will give you the strength you need for your journey. (Philippians 4:13)
Facts about Lupus
Lupus Foundation of America February 24, 2017