Our World is Lupus
Organized by: Jacquelyn Moore
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). 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 your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus. And sadly thousands have died from complications of Lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age. However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus. Researchers are continuing to understand and find true treatments to fight this disease. Please, Please help researchers find more treatments so that they can better understand this disease to treat or cure.