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!”