LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH

By Antisia King

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Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that attacks its own healthy tissues by causing an inflammatory response throughout the body. These attacks are referred to as lupus flares. These flares are life threatening because they can attack any organ at any time. The reason people develop lupus in most cases is unknown. However, the disease could be linked to coming in contact with something in the environment and your diet. Vitamin D has also been linked to lupus deficiency.

Lupus is more common in women than men. The three types of lupus are Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Discoid Lupus and Neonatal Lupus. SLE is the most common and severe because it attacks skin, lungs, blood, joints, and organs. Discoid Lupus is a drug induced reaction due to medications. Neonatal Lupus is when the disease is passed from the mother to the child.

In 2012, I was diagnosed with SLE. My son was two years old when I was trying to figure out what was going on with my body. I was experiencing severe aches and pains, heart palpitation, skin issues, acid reflux and extreme fatigueness. Simple life activities became very difficult tasks. I remember losing hair and being on a lot of medications.

I was constantly at the doctor's office and being admitted to hospital for transfusions as a result of inflammation from lupus. Inflammation is a physical condition where part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. I finally decided to figure out how to decrease the inflammation on my own. I discovered I needed to increase my water intake and change my diet. I removed food that could cause inflammation such as white bread, red meats and soda. I also started taking supplements that fought bacteria, fugus, and viruses which helped deceased inflammation. I continue to exercise, stay hydrated and sundrated. I am blessed that I have been in remission for five years now.

If you're battling this difficult disease, I strongly encourage you to pay attention to your body, your diet and the symptoms of inflammation. There are many celebrities that have been diagnosed with lupus including Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon and Trick Daddy. People lead healthy lives with lupus every day. Just keep a positive attitude, do your own research and stay encouraged!