Sunday, May 28, 2017
Lupus survivor Jade Nealious is working to change that through her organization Crowning Lupus. Her organization spreads knowledge and awareness around the area through community involvement.AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) — May is Lupus Awareness Month. 73% of people between the ages of 18-34 do not know what Lupus is beyond the name.
“I’d never heard of Lupus when I got diagnosed, so it was like what is this?” said Nealious.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease with no cure. More than five million people worldwide have some form of Lupus. There are 16,000 new cases every year.
Some of the common symptoms include fatigue, skin rashes, hair loss, and muscle pain.
“A lot of times people let that diagnosis just tear them apart and I’m here to say there is life after Lupus and there is life with Lupus” said Nealious.
Studies show early diagnosis is the key to longer life with Lupus. Most people with the disease live a normal life span, but 15% die early.
Although there is no cure, FDA approved Benlysta is used to treat adults with active systemic lupus.