LUPUS

SUPPORT GROUP

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Ida Carson
Prevention Educator
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What is lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue. Normally, the immune system identifies and attacks bacteria, viruses, toxins, and more. In autoimmune diseases like lupus, the immune system mistakenly identifies healthy tissue as posing a danger. The body then launches an immune response against the healthy tissue. The immune response generally involves inflammation that, over time, can cause significant damage to joints, skin, muscles, connective tissue, and even major organs.

The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. Most discussions focus on the “how-to’s” of living with a chronic illness. Individual differences and confidentiality are respected.