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Self-Advocacy

Your Life. Your Right. “You are lucky…you could have died.”   Those were the ominous words that came out of my rheumatologists mouth after she discovered the reason I was ill was due to ano...

Adapting to the Pain

Does the Pain EVER go Away? For someone who is newly diagnosed with lupus, one of the first things he or she will anxiously ask is… “Will my pain ever go away?”  Though I am not a doctor, I...

Scleroderma: What you need to know

Contents: What is Scleroderma? Who develops scleroderma? What causes scleroderma? What are the Signs and Symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated? What are some complications of scleroderma? A...

Remission Guilt

Is it Okay to be well? When I was in the hospital with lupus, I made friends with all the other teenage “regulars” who, like me, were frequent admits of the eighth floor.   All of my new friends...

AZATHIOPRINE and Lupus

What it is: Azathioprine or the brand name Imuran, is a drug that was originally developed to prevent organ rejection in people who had received a donor transplant.  Currently, in addition to its ant...

DHEA and Lupus

WHAT IS IT? Dehydroepiandrosterone, commonly called DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  DHEA leads to the production of androgen and estrogen, which are sex hormones that play an impo...

Lupus and the Endocrine System

THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM:   A powerful infantry of glands that affect virtually every cell and organ in the body – that with one blow may have one down for the count, waving a white flag of surren...

Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) that is used to reduce the swelling and pain associated with certain diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, vasculitis...

100 Years of Lupus

For our 100th Blog! INTRODUCTION If you were to question people on the street about the discovery of lupus, if they knew what it was in the first place, they would probably assume that it was a modern...

Lupus and Epigenetics

WHAT ARE GENES? Considered life’s blueprint, the study of genetics refers to the genes that each person is born with that are inherited from their mother and father. To give you a little perspec...

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contents:   What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? What are the Symptoms of RA? How do physicians diagnose RA? What causes rheumatoid arthritis? How is RA treated? In conclusion   What is Rheumatoid ...