What is “Lupus”?
Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease. The immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissues and organs. Virtually all organs and tissues are vulnerable to attack, but the kidneys, heart, vascular system, skin and brain are common targets. There is no known cause or cure for lupus. Medical treatment and lifestyle modifications can help prevent progression or the disease and alleviate symptoms. Who is affected by lupus?
In Northeast Pennsylvania, it is estimated that over 10,000 individuals are affected by lupus.
Lupus can strike men and women of all ages,
80% of these are diagnosed between the ages of 14-45.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Chronic joint pain, swelling or stiffness
Unusual hair loss
Achy joints Anemia, ITP
Unexplained fever over 100 degrees F Abnormal blood clotting
Prolonged or extreme fatigue Sensitivity to the sun
Skin rashes Mood Swings, Psychosis
Chest pain or shortness of breath Seizures, Memory problems
Mouth or nose ulcers Fingers turning white and/or blue
Butterfly-shaped rash across the checks in the cold and bridge of the nose swollen ankles
Who is the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania?
The Lupus Foundation of
Pennsylvania Pocono/Northeast Branch is a non-profit health organization dedicated to promoting awareness, education, service and research for those affected by lupus throughout 15 counties in Northeast Pennsylvania. 1-(888) 99-LUPUS
Where can I get local support? F. A. I. T. H. Support Group
( Facing AutoImmune Illnesses Together Head-on)
Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month Bowl Arena, Rte 93 West Hazleton For More Info
Cynthia M. Donlan, M. S. Lower Luzerne County Repq (570) 956-0072 or 1-800-800-5776