A tale of battling lupus- by Devika, Aditi, and Carolyn
All About Brianne Fullerton!
Upper left corner- Brianne two years before being diagnosed with lupus
Photography courtesy of Devika Sunil
So What is lupus?
What organs and organ systems does lupus affect?
what are her typical treatments?
Brianne takes Aspirin regularly to control some of the symptoms of her disease. Aspirin is inexpensive and available over the counter and help her reduce the pain . Aspirin also has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant (blood-thinning) properties. Doctors often prescribe anti-inflammatories for lupus patients. They help to treat symptoms such as fever, arthritis or pleurisy, which generally improve within several days of beginning treatment. Other medications for lupus include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, anti-malarials and immuno suppressive medications .
What foods are she allowed to eat?
What are the Pros and cons of this trip?
* By taking this trip to Disney World, Brianne can fulfill her dream vacation.
* This will give her a relaxing trip to her favorite place and have fun.
* Brianne will finally get to see the place she met her husband at again.
*The biggest focus here is that Brianne should be able to travel and maintain her health.
* Plain travel can make her lupus conditions worse.
What difficulties will she have when travelling and how to overcome these?
What is the best format for travel?
Brianne is traveling by plane because it is a long drive otherwise to get to Florida. The reason why we chose this method of travel are because it will save time for travel, the airport will provide wheelchairs so Brianne won't have trouble breathing from walking and a doctor will be on the plane to help with Brianne's needs. The disadvantages for a plane travel for a lupus patient are that the cabin pressure can affect the lupus to cause flares or pain, it can gives her migraines and makes her a little achy and she can catch a cold after she land. Tips for Brianne during her flight are - try to rest on the plane, drink plenty of water, and wear comfy shoes.
Where will she be staying?
What precautions does she need to take?
Mickey and Minnie make their grand entrance in front of the Disney Castle at their special performance.
Lupus causes a swollen rash to spread across the face when the immune system attacks its own tissues.
Purple is the color that represents lupus awareness. Also, May is lupus awareness month.