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Photos and events added

The Sterling Sturgeon Memorial Ball Tournament raised $2000 for Lupus NB. Photos from the day are added. Another walk to come Aug. 25th. Check events page for details.

events calendar updates

Dates for the Lupus NB Medical Symposium and the 56th Annual Sterling Sturgeon Memorial Ball Game announced. Photos from the May 12th Walk for lupus to come soon!

Fascination 2012

Feb. 25-26/2012 at the Irishtown Community Center. See Events page for details.

What is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects several parts of the body like the skin, the joints and the internal organs. The most terrifying aspect of Lupus is that it is a chronic illness with symptoms that last from four weeks to as much as sixteen years.

Lupus takes place when the autoimmune system mistakes good proteins for germs and viruses. It is then that the body creates an excess of cells and agents that aim to protect the body, but instead attack some of the organs and the tissue. The next symptoms can be identified through inflammation, pain and visible damage to one’s body parts. As the disease progresses, the pain increases and it can lead to surgery interventions that extract or replace the damaged organs.

Lupus is not contagious. This means that it cannot be transferred from a suffering patient to a healthy person. Contrary to popular belief, lupus is not a form of cancer. The latter is a condition that helps the development of malignant tissues which have a spreading trajectory across all the organs in the body. Lupus can be developed on a single organ or just on a portion of the skin and only affect that specific area for some patients. However, there have been known cases where chemotherapy has been used to treat severe inflammations.

Lupus affects mainly the women of childbearing age, between 15 and 44 years. However, the disease has been also met in young men and even adolescent boys. With proper medical care and the supervision of doctors, lupus patients can live a full life without fatal risks. Nevertheless, being a flare disease, Lupus can never be completely treated, only recessed to a minimum before the body is affected again. It is currently believed that almost six people worldwide suffer from this illness.