Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). Inflammation caused by Lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of Lupus — a facial rash resembling a butterfly's wings unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of Lupus.
Some people are born with a tendency toward developing Lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs, or even sunlight. While there's no cure for Lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.
Rekha Sreedhara is a chronic illness warrior and advocate. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in 2001. Since then, she has been diagnosed with cutaneous lupus erythematosus and lupus nephritis as well as two rare diseases, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Rekha works as a public health consultant specializing in substance use disorders. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats. In her spare time, Rekha loves to binge-watch shows; if you need a recommendation, she's your girl. She also enjoys traveling and has visited more than ten countries. Thriving one day at a time since 2001
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