…doesn’t mean you can’t have an active, fulfilling life.
What is Lupus?
This chronic autoimmune disease affects the body’s immune system by stopping it from recognising the difference between foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, and its own cells and tissues, forcing it to attack itself, says the Washington D.C.-based Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., a non-profit voluntary health organisation focused on improving the quality of life for people with lupus. It can affect any part of the body, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and skin.
The Malaysian SLE Organisation, an organisation that aims to help people suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), explains that there are many forms of lupus, including SLE (the most common form of lupus), discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and neonatal lupus. SLE usually affects people between the ages of 15 and 45, but can also develop during childhood or later in life.
*For the full article please refer to Shape May 2012 Issue