One thing I appreciate about this series the most, is being introduced to the diverse challenges people face, regardless of background or creed. As writer/director Devon K. Lee was putting this very personal episode together, it was illuminating to learn that Lupus – a chronic autoimmune disease, can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Moreover, it disproportionately affects Asians, Latinos, and African-Americans, and more than 90 percent are women between the ages of 15 and 45.
According to the Lupus Awareness and Research site, with lupus, your immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses, and healthy tissues. So lupus creates auto-antibodies to attack and destroy healthy tissue, soften causing pain, inflammation, and tissue damage. It is a disease of flares and remissions.
Perhaps most illuminating was to discover that there are more people affectedly Lupus than by AIDS, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, and Multiple Sclerosis COMBINED.
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Below are resources offering support while answering important questions about Lupus.
Lupus Foundation of America – http://www.lupus.org/newsite/index.html
The Lupus Initiative – http://www.thelupusinitiative.org/content/educational-resources