Hope Foundation - Creating an awareness of Lupus, Sickle Cell and Arthritis

About Lupus

  • What is lupus? +

    Lupus is a chronic (long-lasting) autoimmune disease in which the immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes hyperactive and attacks normal Read More
  • What does autoimmune mean? +

    Literally it means immune activity directed against the self. The immune system fights the body itself (Auto=self). In autoimmune diseases, the Read More
  • What is inflammation +

    Literally it means setting on fire. It is a protective process our body uses when tissues are injured. Inflammation helps Read More
  • What happens in autoimmune diseases like lupus? +

    The immune system is designed to protect and defend the body from foreign intruders (bacteria, viruses). You can think of Read More
  • Where did the name come from? +

    Lupus is the Latin word for wolf. The term has been associated with the disease since the 10th century, though Read More
  • Who gets lupus? +

    Lupus can occur at any age, and in either sex. Nine out of ten people with lupus are women. During Read More
  • What are the symptoms of lupus? +

    Symptoms of lupus vary widely depending on the individual case and the form of lupus present. Most people with lupus Read More
  • Are there different kinds of lupus +

    There are three types of lupus: including: Discoid or Cutaneous lupus erythematosus affects the skin and hair Systemic lupus erythematosus Read More
  • Lupus in Overlap +

    The majority of people with lupus have lupus alone. Between five and thirty percent of people with lupus report having Read More
  • Is lupus contagious? +

    No, not even through sexual contact. Read More
  • Is lupus a fatal disease? +

    Lupus is not a universally fatal disease. In fact, today with close follow-up and treatment, 80-90% of the people with Read More
  • When people die of lupus, what do they usually die of? +

    Overwhelming infection and kidney failure are the two most common causes of death in people with lupus. Read More
  • Is lupus a form of cancer? +

    No, lupus is not a form of cancer. It is an autoimmune disease. Read More
  • Are people with lupus more likely to develop cancers? +

    People with lupus are no more likely to develop cancer than are people in the general population. However, people who Read More
  • Are there any special considerations regarding treatment of cancer in people with lupus? +

    Cancer can be treated in many ways; with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. All people with lupus who have surgery for Read More
  • Is lupus like AIDS? +

    No. In AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) the immune system is under active; it is deficient. In lupus the immune Read More
  • My child has lupus. What is the prognosis? +

    The prognosis for children and adolescents with systemic lupus has improved dramatically over the past twenty years. With modern therapy, Read More
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Upcoming Events

August 26, 2018
Walk for Lupus
July 23, 2018
Pain Management Seminar for Sickle Cell
October 28, 2018
Voices for Lupus Concert

 

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Tel: (246) 437-8781
Email: hope@caribsurf.com