Personal lupus stories raise awareness
Following her revelation about her lupus diagnosis, singer Selena Gomez gave more details about her condition on the Ellen DeGeneres show recently. With millions of viewers worldwide, it was a great platform for raising awareness of this disease. Gomez explained that lupus is an autoimmune disease, which will stay with her for the rest of her life.
Natalie Cromb, an Australian blogger, has written a moving account of her family's personal story as her sister struggles with Lupus. She writes:
Chronic illness changes people - it changes families.
Chronic illness is not understood by those who aren't in the trenches with it.
Chronic illness is a lifetime on the sidelines, battling for moments. A life not lived but endured.
Read Natalie's account of the hard reality of Lupus on her blog: http://nataliecromb.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/chronic-illness-and-its-crippling.html
Lupus is most common in women (90%) and the majority develop the condition between 15 and 45.
To find out more go to www.allergy.org.au/patients/autoimmunity/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle
Content updated 11 November 2015