May is Lupus Awareness Month
In 2011, my son Connor was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis and spent eight days at Children's Hospital. Chemotherapy is the leading treatment for Lupus Nephritis and Connor went through a three year regimen of chemo, all beginning at the age of 14. Thanks to everyone's support, prayers, and the excellent doctors and nurses at Detroit Medical Center, Connor, now 22, is doing very well and is finishing up his senior year of college where he is studying electronic and computer engineering.
Given that May is Lupus Awareness Month, we have started a Crowdrise page to support the Michigan Lupus Foundation in their efforts to provide support, guidance, and education for those affected by lupus, and to fund research to advance our understanding of this disease and accelerate the search for new treatments and hopefully, a cure.
Connor, I, and the entire Keais family, thank you for your support.
What is Lupus?
Despite affecting 5 million patients worldwide and with more than 16,000 new diagnoses each year, lupus remains a mystery to many people. It is a chronic auto-immune disease that can affect any part of the body. It is not cancer. It is not HIV. The patient's auto-immune system fails to differentiate healthy normal tissue from a foreign invader, thereby creating antibodies which attack healthy systems. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening. Lupus can impact any organ or tissue; the leading causes of serious illness and death from lupus are kidney disease and heart disease. With early diagnosis and proper medical care, most lupus patients can live a full life. At present, there is no cure.