Lupus Informative Speech Essay

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Lupus is known as “the cruel mystery” in the world of disease/medicine. 1.5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Lupus, with the number possibly being a lot higher since it is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose in the WORLD (5 Million some form of Lupus)
B. Relevance: You might ask why should I care? How does this affect me or what is it exactly? Well the truth is that most people don’t realize they have Lupus. It so difficult to diagnose it is know as the “great imitator” since it resembles a variety of other diseases.
C. Credibility statement: I may not look like an expert of any sort, but I have personally seen how this disease takes over the body in my own grand-mother.
D. Central idea: Lupus is a disease of
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3. Let me remind you that although these different types sound different, they all have the same painful symptoms. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of Lupus, because even healthy people experience these symptoms.
Transition to 2nd main point: Now that we’ve talked about what Lupus is and its different types, now we’re going to talk about its causes and symptoms. (Point #2)

B. Point #2: Sometimes the symptoms of Lupus help narrow down the possibility of whether one has Lupus or not because there is not one single, sure fire cause of Lupus that is known.
1. Most experts can agree that there are a number of factors that cause it; the causes of Lupus are from a combination of genetics and the environment. Sometimes people inherit what is called a “genetic predisposition” which means that they inherit the chance to eventually develop it. It is very hard to pinpoint one single source of cause that triggers Lupus like I mentioned before. Things in the environment like UV rays from the sun, or unrelated things like an infection or a pregnancy can trigger it. The symptoms of Lupus range from Extreme fatigue, headaches, photosensitivity, pain/swollen joints, and one clear indicator being a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheek or nose.
2. Makover, M. & Zieve, D. (2011, February 14). Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved July…