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Invisible Illness, Main Blog, Sjogren's

Sjogren’s Syndrome: What you need to know

POSTED BY Frances Ku / What is Sjögren’s syndrome? Sjögren’s (pronounced SHOW-grin’s) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system turns against and attacks the body’s own ...

Main Blog, Scleroderma

Scleroderma: What you need to know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma (pronounced skler-oh-DUR-muh) is a chronic connective tissue (these are the fibers that provide the framework and support for your body) ...

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What Causes Lupus?

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is lupus? Before we dive into what causes lupus, lets define the disease. There are four types of lupus: Discoid lupus erythematosus- This type affects the skin and is ...

Depression, Featured, Lupus Facts, Main Blog, Nutrition, Prednisone/Corticosteroids

Prednisone: The benefits and risks

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is prednisone and why is it prescribed? What is the benefit? The main benefit of prednisone is that it is a corticosteroid medication that is very effective in decreasing ...

Main Blog, Nephritis

What is Lupus Nephritis?

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) is an autoimmune disease—a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own cells and organs. For this blog, ...

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Lupus Disease: Life Expectancy

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / When diagnosed with any disease, the concerns and questions about what this means for your future, your quality of life, and your prognosis (predicting the outcome of the ...

Main Blog, Parenting with Chronic Illness

10 Tips for Parents Living With Chronic Disease

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Parenting When Living With a Chronic Illness Being a parent, while of course filled with immeasurable joy most of the time, comes with its fair share of challenges and trials. ...

Information, Lupus in Men, Main Blog, Raynaud's, Symptoms

Symptoms of Lupus in Men

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  Lupus: Not just a woman’s disease Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, is typically thought to be a woman’s disease, but the fact is, men get lupus too. Although nearly ...

Depression, Gratitude, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Stress

The Gratitude Attitude: Inspirational Quotes

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is a gratitude attitude? As we are deep into all of the joy and stress that the holiday season offers, it seems like a good time of the year to take a moment to breathe, ...

Affordable Care Act, Main Blog

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Choose a Health Plan As you probably already know, beginning in 2014 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), ...

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Lupus in Children

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Lupus in Children Children playing doctor is normal, but a real visit with your child to the doctor for a serious health concern is certainly no longer fun and games. There ...

Information, Main Blog, Pregnancy, Symptoms, Treatments

Lupus and Pregnancy: What you need to know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  Can I have a healthy pregnancy if I have SLE? For lupus patients, just moving through the activities in daily life can be a struggle.  Living with an unpredictable chronic ...

Main Blog, Prescription Assistance, Social Security Disability, Where to Find Help

Prescription Drug Assistance and Social Security Disability

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Perscription Drug Assistance Lupus and other autoimmune diseases can be devastating, not only to one’s physical health, but to one’s financial health. For those ...

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  What is systemic lupus erythematosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus is a very long name for a very complicated autoimmune disease that is more commonly known as SLE or lupus.  ...

Invisible Illness, Lupus Facts, Main Blog, Medications, Raynaud's

Raynaud’s Disease or Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Symptoms, causes, treatments, and preventing flare-ups

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / How do you say it? Raynaud’s. Just knowing how to pronounce it can be a challenge, let alone understanding what it is, so first things first. You will probably hear it ...

Information, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Nutrition

The Paleo and Anti-Inflammatory Diet: What you should know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Paleo Diet? Are they good for lupus and other autoimmune diseases? Lupus is an inflammatory autoimmune disease that can affect multiple ...

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Lupus/Chronic Illness: The Mind/Body Connection

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom /  What is the Mind/Body Connection? The term “mind/body connection” refers to the way your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act.  Stress, anxiety, emotional ...

Information, Living with Lupus, Lupus Flare, Main Blog, Photosensitivity, Stress, Symptoms

Lupus Flares: Recognizing one, triggers, and prevention

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is a lupus flare and how do I recognize one? At times lupus patients may have periods with few to no symptoms, commonly called remissions. Some physicians are ...

Information, Living with Lupus, Main Blog, Photosensitivity, Rash

Lupus and Photosensitivity: When the Sun is Your Enemy

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / What is Photosensitivity?  Do you feel like the sun is your enemy? Have you noticed that you have flares or feel less than fantastic during warmer sunnier months or with ...

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Caring for the Caregiver: What you need to know

POSTED BY Karrie Sundbom / Caring for the Caregiver   A new story about Dick and Jane. Dick met Jane. They got married. Dick and Jane were happy and healthy.  Dick and Jane took care of each other. Dick ...