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Raise Lupus Awareness and meet other TV-hosts with lupus

Get pictures with the host country's currency

Eat at least three different traditional dishes in each country

Visit Lupus support groups or participate on an activity like Walk for Lupus

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Sülfeld, Germany - 10th May 2009

By: RikeH

my name is Lupus-Tigger, because I want to tell about the disease Lupus. Today is a special day:

On the 10th of May it's International World Lupus Day, which has the goal of bringing more awareness over this chronic disease that affects over 5 million people worldwide. If you don't know what Lupus is, here's a quick summary:

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially between the ages of 15 and 50, but it can also affect men, children, and teenagers develop it too. To learn more about Lupus, check Wikipedia or the Lupus Foundation of America.


PS : Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Muttertag - auch ohne mich !

* Posted May 10, 2009, 3:22 pm Last edited May 10, 2009, 10:37 pm by RikeH [Quote] Go to the top of the page


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