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Challenge: Raise Awareness about Lupus - Win a Prize!

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The month of May is Lupus Awareness Month

Let's help raise awareness on CafeMom by creating one long thread dedicated to Lupus Awareness.

Reply to this post with ribbons, symbols, logos, links, bumps and any thoughts that you'd like to share.

                                              

Three members who reply to this post during the month of May will win CafeMom tote bags.

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Contest rules:

  • The Make a Difference contest starts 5/6/12 at 6pm (ET) and ends 5/31/2012 at 11pm (ET) (the "Contest Period").
  • Enter by replying to this post with an appropriate comment during the Contest Period.
  • Multiple entries are permitted and encouraged, as it increases your chances of winning.
  • Three winners will be selected in a random drawing of all eligible entries to receive a CafeMom Tote Bag.
  • The random drawing shall occur on or about 6/7/12.
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by on May. 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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momofsixangels
by on May. 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

TEST YOURSELF

Have you ever experienced persistent, extreme fatigue and weakness for days or even weeks at a time, even after 6-8 hours of restful nighttime sleep?

Have you ever had an unexplained fever over l00 degrees F for more than a few days?

Have you ever had sensitivity to the sun where your skin ‘breaks out’ after being in the sun? (Not sunburn.)

Have you ever had chest pain with breathing for more than a few days? Pleurisy?

Have you ever been told that you have protein in your urine?

Have you ever had a seizure or convulsion?

Have you ever had achy, painful and/or swollen joints for more than three months?

Do your fingers and/or toes become pale, numb or uncomfortable in the cold?

Have you had any sores in your mouth for more than two weeks?

Have you ever been told that you have a low blood count(s) ~ anemia, low white cell count, or a low platelet count?

Have you ever had a prominent redness or colour change in the shape of a butterfly across the bridge of your nose and cheeks?

If you answer “yes” to at least three of these questions, there is a possibility that you may have lupus. Please make an appointment with your doctor for an examination and testing and to discuss any concerns that you may have about lupus.

momofsixangels
by on May. 31, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Lupus is a mysterious disease to diagnose because there are fluctuations in the signs and symptoms and Lupus is often confused with other disorders and diseases.   According to the Lupus Foundation, lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which causes inflammation of various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood vessels, kidneys, heart, lungs and brain.  The immune system normally protects the body against viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders.  With lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues.  The immune system then makes antibodies which are directed against itself.  In other words, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect.  This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues.  It is estimated that 90 % of people suffering with lupus will experience joint/muscle pain at some time during the course of their illness.

Lupus is not contagious and can strike men, women and children of all ages.  The majority of diagnosed patients (90 %) are women most commonly between the ages of 15- 44 and is two to three times more prevalent among people of colour.  It is most prevalent in African Americans, Hispanics, Native North Americans and Asians.  It is a major disease that primarily affects young women in their most productive years.  The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure at the present time. However, lupus can be effectively treated with drugs and most people with the disease can lead active, healthy lives.  Experts say the illness probably results from a complex mix of hormonal, genetic and environmental factors.  Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares and periods of wellness or remission.  Understanding how to prevent flares and how to treat them when they do occur, helps people with lupus maintain better health.

The origin of the name “Lupus” comes from the Latin meaning -bite in the face by a wolf.  Others say that the same rash resembles the pattern of colour on a wolf’s face.  Discoid Lupus is a chronic skin disorder in which a red, raised rash appears on the face, scalp or elsewhere.  The raised areas may become thick, scaly and may cause scarring.  The rash may last for days or years and may recur.  The worst comes when the patients loses hope and gives in to frustration and depression.

momofsixangels
by on May. 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

English Soul and RNB singer & songwriter, Seal has a condition called Discoid Lupus.

Seeing many lupus patients at the CosMedic Clinic, I have witnessed the incredible results that camouflage makeup provides to those who are terribly embarrassed by the scarring and discolouration on their skin.  Applying foundation is an very effective and simple way to make persons with lupus feel normal.  I highly suggest using Cover FX total coverage cream foundation or Natural FX hydrating liquid or Powder FX pressed mineral powder. All three of these foundations are oil, fragrance and paraban free formulations that will provide coverage for the discolourations and scarring of lupus.  These are effective corrective makeup solutions.

Audreesmommy757
by on Jun. 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

i wonder who won!!!!

Cafe Robin
by Head Admin on Jun. 5, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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congratulations ....and the WINNERS are...

           Quantumnerd      gambilldl      CoeyG 

       You have each won a CafeMom Tote Bag!

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