Put your L’s up, in honor of lupus awareness. Tomorrow May 10, 2014 is world lupus day and people are flashing their L’s as a show of support, all over social media. When blogger Longhairdontcare2011 passed away last month, I challenged her following to educate themselves on Lupus and paint social media purple during the month of May; in honor of the highly respected young lady who died from complications from lupus. I know a lot about the disease because I educated myself after finding out that my Bigmama was living with it. However there are a host of individuals who have no clue of what lupus is or how it affects the body.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. Even though lupus most often strikes women during their childbearing years, from 15 to 44, anybody at any age can develop lupus; case and point, Rapper Snoop Dogg has a young daughter living with lupus.
Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton, Seal and Trick Daddy are all celebrities that are living with lupus but there are many more.
CELEBRITIES WITH LUPUS: