In the looup: Lupus Awareness Month at Significant Seams
It is no secret that I, as well as many other members of our community are extremely passionate about Significant Seams! For me, my time here tells a story of perseverance, learning and support in the form of the many friendships I have made along the way. This week, I am proud to announce that I will be covering Lupus Awareness Month! As this is the very reason I came to know of Significant Seams, I am planning to go all out and bring you interesting as well as useful features.
I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2012 and as a result of this, was unable to work. In the end I became very depressed because apart from the school run, I felt as though I had nothing constructive to do with my life. So one day whilst moping down Wood Street I walk passed Significant Seams and my journey began there…
I’m sure you are wondering by now what is meant by Lupus? According to Lupus UK , ‘Systemic lupus is a chronic and presently-incurable illness of the immune system, a condition in which the body’s defense mechanism begins to attack itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs’.
As you can see this is a very serious condition and more so because 90% of cases are found in females between the ages of 15 and 55. Lupus has many symptoms and can often be overlooked by a GP or consultant. Diagnosis and treatment is vital to containing the disease and hopefully limiting potential damage to organs such as the heart,lungs and brain.
A few decades ago lupus was regarded as a terminal condition.Earlier diagnosis and advances in treatment,however, have made the outlook much better though life -threatening complications remain. On the bright side, there is still so much more we can do to help.
To get involved you can pop into Significant Seams and purchase a butterfly brooch kit for£2 or you can buy a ready made one for £6 and 50% will be donated to Lupus UK. You can also get involved by following my personal blog ‘in the looup’ and sharing the link to raise even more awareness through my account of battling the disease and being a single parent.
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