Because I have a chronic illness, I’m forced to lie every single day. When you see people at work or at the grocery store or when you see a neighbor out front, our standard greeting nowadays is usually some form of “how are you?”. It’s at this point that I’m forced to lie, for everybody’s benefit. For the person asking, they certainly don’t want to hear how I’m actually doing. How am I supposed to convey the enormity of how this illness affects me every single day of my life? How could I explain the very real impact of how I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally? How should I explain my life to them when, nice as they are to ask, they really don’t care at all; they simply asked me to be nice, as a social greeting. For my own benefit, I’d like to continue to see that person and say “Hi, how are you” and make small talk after today, so I will continue to lie and say “Fine, how are you?”. How many of us do this every day without really asking how the person is? Continue reading “I’m Lying Every Day”
I’d like to talk about something close to my heart this month. As some of my readers are aware, I live with a few autoimmune diseases, as do many other people. Most of these diseases are not easily diagnosed and they are not well-known to the majority of people. I think most of us have heard the name lupus, but don’t know too much more than that. This is one reason that it is so critically underfunded. We need to raise awareness of the symptoms so that more people are diagnosed earlier and are able to seek medical help. I’d like to have more of us become aware of the impact that lupus and other autoimmune diseases can have on our friends, our family, and our co-workers and how you can help to support them. This is why I’d like to devote some of my posts this month to the issue. You will find these (and previously posted) articles under the category of “Chronic Illness”.
There is no cure for lupus. Many of the medications that are being used to treat the symptoms create significant problems in their own right. We need awareness and support to find a cure and better treatment options.
By posting a few informational articles, I’m hoping to increase awareness, to inspire support, and to raise interest in the subject. I am fully aware that this is just one of many causes that we’re all provided information on and we certainly can’t support everything. In addition to lupus and others, I always support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Heart Association for personal reasons. It is my hope that you will learn more about lupus and autoimmune disease in order to provide support as well as to help increase awareness.
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In the news today it was announced that Selena Gomez is taking some time off to care for herself in dealing with the effects of lupus. Good for her! She is not alone in fighting this disease and is, in fact, one of a growing number of us affected by an autoimmune disorder. Yes, I said “us” as I am counted in that number and can speak to the fight that she is going through. I am happy that she is speaking out and doing what she needs to do for herself. We all need to do that, although it’s not easy and it’s not always even possible.
Facts & Figures: Autoimmune diseases are one of the fastest growing categories of disease. To put this in perspective and recognize the widespread impact it has, cancer affects up to 9 million people and heart disease up to 22 million. According to estimates (below), 50 million people may be affected by an autoimmune disease. Despite the vast number of people affected, funding for research into this area of health is woefully inadequate, as are treatment options. It is estimated, and expected then, that direct healthcare costs are double those of cancer. Continue reading “Selena Gomez is Not Alone in Fighting Lupus!”