May is Lupus Awareness Month - brendamueller.com

May is Lupus Awareness Month

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). “Chronic” means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

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.

May is Lupus Awareness - brendamueller.com

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)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 - brendamueller.com

Facts about Lupus

What is Lupus? - brendamueller.com

Source:

Lupus Foundation of America February 24, 2017

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5 thoughts on “May is Lupus Awareness Month

  1. Flippin Fanchers says:

    Very interesting read. My doctor wanted to run tests on me about a month ago because he thought I had some of the symptoms of Lupus. However, the test turned out negative. Can you tell me a little more about the skin sores? I develop places on my lower arms all the time that will turn really red like a blood spot and then go away around 3 days later but others will turn up in different areas around the same time that it goes away. Does that sound like yours?

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    • Brenda Mueller says:

      My sores at first are red and kind of crusty looking. Then the middle of the sore turns kind of a yellowish color, you know like skin that has an infection, and the edge is red. Then they clear up. Sometimes they leave a scar and others do not. I hope this helps.

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