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What It Is Really Like to Be a Friend of Someone with Lupus

Understanding lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, which is developed when the body’s immune system develops antibodies that target its own structures, causing a wide variety of symptoms. Since it can affect an important amount of organs and structures, lupus is also considered a systemic disease that can manifest in many different ways from patient to patient. Those who suffer from this rare illness usually have problems with their joints, skin, blood cells, heart, brain, lungs, and the kidneys. Luckily, most manifestations of this disease are usually mild, and its symptoms can be controlled through regular medication, as well as by making a few lifestyle changes to accommodate the disease. However, in Johnni’s case, the disease targeted her blood cells and, if it had been left untreated or unchecked, could have caused severe complications.