Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks women between the ages of 15 and 40. It occurs less often in men than in women. The people affected by lupus vary depending on the country or region. In the US alone, the prevalence rate is highest among Asians of Hawaii, blacks of Caribbean origin, and Native Americans of the Sioux, Arapahoe, and Crow tribes. Lupus is a disease that affects the immune system. We can think of the immune system as an army within the body with hundreds of defenders (known as antibodies). They defend the body from attack by germs and viruses. In lupus, however, the immune system becomes overactive and creates antibodies that attack healthy tissues in the body, such as: the skin, kidneys, lungs, heart and brain.
Lupus is a potentially life threatening disease that effects about 1.5 million Americans. Lupus can effect many different parts of the body. Lupus is a type of autoimmune system disorder in which the body cannot distinguish the difference between foreign antibodies and its own organs. So basically what happens is that the body ends up attacking its own organs thinking they are foreign substances. (The Lupus Foundation of America)
Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease or immune system malfunction. A person's immune system normally protects the person from viruses, bacteria and other foreign materials. When a person has an autoimmune diseases like lupus, the immune system turns against itself and attacks itself.
Joint pain is common in Lupus. Patients suffer from arthritis-like pain, swelling in the joints, redness and stiffness. These symptoms involve one or more joints.
As I began my sophomore year of high school, I envisioned another year full of sports and normal high school activities. I was looking forward to playing basketball as I had done in my freshman year. A few weeks into the new school year I slowly realized that vision would not play out how I thought it would. When I began to notice a nagging pain in my hands and fingers that would not go away, I knew something was wrong. Basketball, a sport that I had once loved to play became almost impossible for my swollen hands to handle. The pain progressively got worse and eventually spread throughout my body, making it difficult to walk and carry out simple tasks. After two long months of tests and several doctors, I was finally diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
My Baseball academy was very supportive and received I many get-well-soon cards that helped gain my confidence and lighten my mood. Also my teachers were very supportive of my recovery, allowing me to do school work at home when I was sick and being flexible on test dates so I could do them when I was healthy again. Having a group of supportive people around taught me that I should not get depressed about being sick. I learned that I must be positive and fight in order to recover. I also learned that your true friends are the ones who help you through the hardest times. Being sick allowed me to see the good in people when all they wanted to do was help. The friends that stayed with me during my sickness are still my closest friends to this day and I have a much greater appreciation for having them as friends
From ages 6 to 12, I suffered from epilepsy, contributing to my phobia of public places and anxiety. At 14, I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and needed corrective surgery, which still affects my back to this day. From age 13 to now, I have experienced (in order) gastritis, gallstones, pancreatitis, gallbladder removal and have been diagnosed with a genetic mutation in my liver that causes stones to form. Needless to say, this has affected my diet and requires me to take medication. I have been hospitalized many times for treatment of my illnesses, the longest and most excruciating being three weeks for pancreatitis. Everyday, I wonder what it would’ve been like to have grown up healthy and lived without the constant stresses my conditions put on my body, my mind, and my family. As I got older, I only developed more problems as my personal life took a bad turn. The transition from one school to another in the eighth grade was incredibly difficult and my memories of the isolation and pain I felt are still deeply upsetting. It took me years to get accustomed to my new school and finally find myself in a place where I have made many good friends and feel comfortable with who and where I
I was right, I did change because of Crohn’s Disease and my life will never be how it was before, but with time I came to realize that this was for the best. Crohn’s Disease was one of the biggest eye openers in my life. This illness allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of life and gain the strength to mature mentally, emotionally and intellectually. Being chronically ill taught me that if I can overcome the physical and emotional challenges of Crohn’s Disease, then I could overcome anything. I quickly transformed any paralyzing fears and insecurities about having being ill into a determined drive for success. I maintained a 3.91 GPA whilst I was either working or interning, even through times of flare-ups.
Physically having ACF it is exhausting and you never feel like you have enough energy. I was diagnosed in 7th grade. My ACF was regulated and I was able to continue dancing. Slowly I could feel as the days went on my energy levels dropped as 7th grade ended. It didn’t matter how much sleep I got, it never seem to be enough. It feels like an on going marathon and you can see the finish line but it keep on moving farther. Going from an active dancer doing at least 27 hours a week to only 9 hours a week. Watching your health decline isn’t an ideal situation for a 12 year old. Being told I wasn’t able to dancing or do any demanding physical activity for a period time was hard. The questioning started once I all of a sudden stop participating in P.E. Avoiding answering the question I gave very vague lies saying “ I twisted my ankle” or “ I had a cold “. Once everyone finally figured out was actually sick the teasing started. The constant wheezing sound affects as people walked by. I hoped once middle school was over, no one would care about me being sick in high school, but thanks to my high school movie, my view of high school was very pleasant.
As I stated above there is a lot of contention in our society when it comes to how people and some professionals react to a person with rare medical issues. When someone is approached or informed that a person has a rare diagnosis people have a tendency to become very uncomfortable. Their most common responses are changing the subject, suggesting an illogical cure all, or accusing the person of faking because their illness is not outwardly visible. Professionals such as doctors often get frustrated with the lack of information on the illness or in extreme cases refuse to treat the patient labeling them as a waste of resources. In result, those with rare disorders are often left feeling ostracized and lacking support. That or the feel they
One very big problem I had to deal with was trying to keep my grades up while I had mono. This was a such an enormous problem, because I spent about a week in the hospital, and then after that I was only able to go to school for half days for a couple months. I still received almost the same amount of work from most teachers, but I didn’t get any of the class time and it felt as though I was playing catch up everyday at school. If I was well and did half days at school I could easily keep up without a doubt, but some of the effects of mono made me feel constantly tired, drained of energy, and lacking motivation. Obviously I spent a lot of time sleeping, because another effect of mono includes not wanting to do anything like talking to others,
A few days after being diagnosed with T1D I had received the news that my grandpa had passed away. This was really hard for me to deal with and to understand why it happened so soon. My sophomore year of high school was really difficult for me. I had lost both of my grandmas that year. I tried my best to cope with the fact that I would not get to see them at holidays anymore, that they would never see me graduate high school, or that I would not be able to hear their wonderful and happy voices anymore. It reached the point that I had mostly given up on God. I was not ready to say goodbye to some of the people that
The Immune System The immune system is a network of organs that contain cells which recognize foreign substances and destroys them. All living organisms are exposed to harmful substances and most can protect themselves in several ways, either with physical barriers or
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Imagine if you were to be judged for who you were, or what you did, or even your gender type. In the world there are a lot of social injustices going on even to this very day. One of the most common and heard of social injustice would probably be the one of people being lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. This issue has been going on for quite a long time now. Some people do not agree with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender projects. A lot of people suffer because of this injustice, and it also affects their whole lives. A lot of the people that go through this most likely end up fighting back for what they believe is right, which in their