For Lupus

Please help me in aiding ALLIANCE FOR LUPUS RESEARCH to find a cure!

Some of you are aware that I have had Lupus for many years, and for the most part it was dormant. Then one day it appeared and BAM, my life changed.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In some ways, lupus represents a kind of allergic reaction by the body, in which the immune system sees the body’s own healthy tissues and cells as foreign therefore causing havoc with red and white cells which can lead to hemolytic anemia and blood transfusions followed by steroid medications. Monthly Immunoglobulin Infusions might also be prescribed.

Lupus is a chronic disease. Anyone who develops lupus will have lupus for the rest of his or her life. As with other chronic illnesses such as diabetes or asthma, there is no cure for lupus yet. Monthly Infusions of Benlysta (the first New drug in 50 yrs) has had good results with many people as well as not being able to help others.

Lupus has many different symptoms, and because of that, affects each person differently. Lupus can cause a mild skin rash or achy joints, or can involve the kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, or other internal organs. What most people do not realize, however, is how much effort it may take you to function day-to-day when you have to cope with extreme fatigue, chronic pain, memory loss, medication side effects, and/or visible skin lesions.

Lupus is unpredictable: It is a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). Knowing that lupus is unpredictable may help other people understand your physical and emotional ups and downs as well as the changes that you may have to make to schedules, plans, and commitments. People will see you on the street and tell you how wonderful you look...what they can't see is what is going on on the inside.

May is Lupus Awareness month and I would like help the ALLIANCE FOR LUPUS RESEARCH by donating 50% of Origami Owl proceeds to this organization started April 22nd and ending May 22nd. Please help me make my goal of $1,000. Thank Youl