Like most people, I didn’t know about the disease Lupus. Our Hannah, who is so young, has been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus; therefore, I am becoming quite educated on this intruder. Lupus is a very complicated disease and only a few quick facts will be jotted down here with links for those who want to learn more.
In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Systemic lupus erythematosus, referred to as SLE or lupus, is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes inflammation — pain and swelling.
Our Hannah collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. We are working very hard to get her proper health insurance and treatments. This hard working young girl lost her job so we came together and moved Hannah in with a family member so she can be watched over and helped. Very recently Hannah wrote a letter from her heart and is asking anyone to help if they can. Please take a few minutes and read what this beautiful soul wrote. Hannah Martin Compassion Initiative
- Lupus is not contagious. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.
- More than 50,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.
- Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44).
We are working so hard to get Hannah the right doctors and treatment. If you can help even a little, please do because it is all a blessing and she needs all she can. Hannah made her own gofund me page yesterday and wrote it herself, click here. Hannah Martin
After we get her setup with health insurance, these are the types of doctors Hannah will need:
A rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the joints and muscles, generally treats people with lupus. If lupus has caused damage to a particular organ, other specialists will be consulted.
- a dermatologist for cutaneous lupus (skin disease),
- a cardiologist for heart disease,
- a nephrologist for kidney disease,
- a neurologist for brain and nervous system disease, or
- a gastroenterologist for gastrointestinal tract disease.
Hannah and all of us have a strong faith in God and ask you all to pray and share your experience with Lupus as a patient or a caregiver. Thank you for reading this and God Bless you and keep you healthy. We keep telling Hannah that God is not in the illness — God is in the REACTION to the illness