Category: Featured

RITUXAN

Is It Lupus Chemo? INTRODUCTION Before diving into this blog topic, I thought I knew the exact waters I was entering.  I mean, pretty clear in my mind, Rituxan is “lupus chemo” right?  Many of ...

Lupus Disease: Life Expectancy

Contents: Lupus complications and how they are managed/treated Life Expectancy In conclusion   When diagnosed with any disease, the concerns and questions about what this means for your future, your ...

Can We Talk About Cannabis?

As the main blog contributor for Kaleidoscope Fighting Lupus, I generally write about issues and/or experiences that I have encountered throughout my 26 year lupus journey.  I also write about things...

Breaking Down Your Urinalysis

Contents: Introduction The Basics The Results The Details Conclusion   Introduction If you’re a lupus patient, I’m sure at some point you’ve heard those wonderful words “…now, g...

The Deal With Dialysis

INTRODUCTION There are two main types of lupus. Discoid Lupus, which affects the skin and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, that basically affects everything else. SLE can present itself differently and v...

Lupus and Sleep

LUPUS AND SLEEP (Or Lack Thereof) Introduction: Sleep: we all need it.  Without it, we die…or at very least turn into non-functioning zombie/vampire people.  Sadly, the snowball effect that ch...

Lupus and Oral Health Issues

Straight from the Mouth INTRODUCTION My lupus story actually began at the dentist.  Well, my childhood orthodontist – to be exact.  It all started with a normal “check-up” for a normal pre...

Avascular Necrosis

Believe it or not, all 206 bones in the body are composed of living tissue that need blood to function and survive.  In fact, red blood cells, platelets and most white blood cells are born in the mar...

Lupus and the Eyes

INTRODUCTION Lupus  (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) is a widespread and chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue an...

Lupus on the Job

Contents: Lupus in the Workplace Your Responsibilities Your Co-workers Disability Closing    “No employer has the right to fire you simply because you have lupus.” – Dr. Robert Lahita, Lup...

The Dating (with lupus) Game

Contents: Blind Date Scenario The Right Time The Right Words The Right Person Resources   Blind Date Scenario Nick: Hi I’m Nick, nice to meet you. Kelli: Hi, I’m Kelli. Nick: So Kelli, tell me a ...

Lupus and Allergies

Contents: Introduction Food Allergies Drug Allergies Environmental Allergies Outlook   Introduction Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects around 1.5 million people in the United States.  It is...

Neonatal Lupus

Contents: What is Neonatal Lupus? Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Outlook   What is Neonatal Lupus? Women who suffer with active lupus have a higher risk of having complications with pregnancy. Th...

LUPUS FATIGUE: Symptoms and Treatment

Contents: Lupus Fatigue: Cause and Symptoms What Helps: Treatment and Preventative Measures Closing  Sometimes the only time I don’t feel tired is when I am exhausted.  I am sure many of you who h...