I was diagnosed with systematic Lupus about 4 years ago. I consider myself a Lupus "warrior" and I aim to win this battle. Losing isn't an option here. We need a cure for this disease, we need it now and your support plays a pivotal role in our search for one. The Lupus foundation has done a lot for those battling this disease and support from people like you allows them to continue to do so. I pray that you find it in your heart to donate. Any donation amount is appreciated. If you want to participate in the walk at the Detroit Zoo on 7/27/19 registration is $20 and children are free with every paid adult.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have Lupus. People of African, Asian, and Native American descent are more likely to develop Lupus than are Caucasians. Although it can occur in both men and women, 90% of people diagnosed with the disease are women.
What is lupus?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). "Chronic" means that the signs and symptomstend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune systems produce proteins called "antibodies" which protect the body from these invaders."Autoimmunity" means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self"). As a result, it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue.These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.