Being Aware of Lupus

Samantha LaChiana and Gianna Campanaro

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There are at least five million individuals in the world who have been diagnosed with some form of lupus. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your immune system fights your healthy and beneficial cells & tissues as opposed to bacteria, viruses, and germs.

For people who are diagnosed with lupus, day to day activities can be a lot more difficult than they would be for someone who is free of the disease. Lupus causes the patient to receive random fits of muscle fatigue, red/scaly rashes on the skin, sharp pains in the chest, hair loss, and many more impacting symptoms. Lupus can make the person feel run-down, tired, dizzy, causes the increase in rashes and fever as well as many more side effects.  Lupus can damage the patient’s heart, lungs, blood vessels, skin, joints, and brain.

Anyone of any gender/age can be affected by lupus, but it is most commonly seen in women of African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American descent. Lupus can be treated to help lessen the impact of the symptoms by many different types of doctors, but is not curable. Lupus is also a chronic illness, which means that you can have lupus for years or your whole life.

Selena gomez, a well-known singer and actress, has recently shared some surprising news with her fans in October of 2015.  The young, 23 year old was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014.  Even though she has gained world-wide fame, she has fought with Lupus while being a performer.  In 2014 she took a break from her career.  Many rumors and speculations went around on why Selena was away from the spotlight.  People believed the young actress was in rehab for drug and alcohol use.  The thing they didn’t know was that Selena was getting chemotherapy for Lupus.  Finally, she stated the truth on why she took her break on Ellen.  Her reason was that she has been trying to keep not just her career in balance, but also her health.  It has been hard for Selena. Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks have been some of the many effects she has experienced.  Selena has been very grateful towards the support she has been receiving from her many fans, but she admitted that she doesn’t like the attention.  She is still trying to get accustomed her fans knowing about her being diagnosed with this life changing disease.

Many famous actors, actresses, musicians, performers like Selena also have this disease and do through the many hardships that come with the disease just like Selena does.  Surprisingly, Nick Cannon, famous for being a spokesperson on Nickolodean, was diagnosed with Lupus in 2012 after having blood clots formed in his lungs and failure in his kidney.  He has been very comfortable speaking out about this disease, spreading as much awareness as he can.  His saying is, “I have Lupus, but Lupus doesn’t have me.”  Cori Broadus, known as the daughter to the famous rapper “Snoop Dog”, suffers with the rare condition of Lupus as well.  Snoop Dog’s poor daughter began having symptoms at six years old. She lost hair and weight and her skin became lighter.  According to a magazine article in 2010, Cori has been living her normal life, going to school and playing soccer.  Thanks to medication Cori can live a normal childhood.

It may sound like there is nothing you could do to help this terrible/incurable disease, but sometimes a little goes a long way. Donating money to lupus based charities and taking part in walks can make a significant change in the lives of those with lupus by making using that money towards finding more treatments are raising awareness to increase donations.

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