February 1st, 2020|
This February, we’re thrilled to support the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. This non-profit health organization utilizes volunteers to raise money for local lupus research projects and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by this disease through research, education, and advocacy programs.
Lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system—the body system that usually fights infections—attacks healthy tissue instead. Anyone can develop lupus, but certain people are at higher risk for lupus, including:
- Women ages 15 to 44
- Certain racial or ethnic groups—including people who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander
- People who have a family member with lupus or another autoimmune disease
No one know what causes lupus—but lupus and other autoimmune diseases do run in families. Experts also think it may develop in response to certain hormones (like estrogen) or environmental triggers. An environmental trigger is something outside the body that can bring on symptoms of lupus—or make them worse.
Life with lupus can be challenging, uncertain and frustrating. Painful symptoms can come and go. The disease process flares up and then can go into remission. It is normal to experience feelings of unhappiness, frustration, anger or sadness but you don’t have be alone. Check out their website to learn more about lupus.