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Tidbits on Lupus

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

According to Web MD, lupus, an autoimmune disease, happens when the immune system attacks its tissues, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, and damage. Lupus symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, fever, and a lupus rash. It is most common among women and there are two main types of lupus: discoid lupus erythematosus (a chronic skin disorder) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which affects most parts of the body.

In Dixon's other post, 'What not to say', she explicitly pointed out several responses which should never be uttered to a lupus patient. The list included:

"But you don't look sick!"

"You're getting too fat, you need to take control of your weight."

Apparently she has "lupus or something and gets depressed. Hello! When I get depressed, I just go shopping."

"Oh no, you have lupus? That's what my aunt died from."

- Krysta Anderson