The aim of Lupus Awareness Month, observed in May, is to raise awareness and educate others about this life changing disease.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. However, lupus causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attack healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.
Lupus can often be hard to diagnose as the symptoms are similar to other diseases. In some cases it is not uncommon for several years to pass before a diagnosis of lupus is confirmed as other diseases may be ruled out first. As symptoms of lupus can come and go, it can make diagnosis even harder.