May 10 is World Lupus Day. The disease has attacked many famous people, from pop star Michael Jackson, to former first lady Barbara Bush. A type of lupus called discoid lupus triggered the hair loss and scarring on the singer Seal.
Dr. Kim Peck is in family medicine at the Texas Tech School of Medicine. She tends to specialize in lupus patients because she also has the disease.
"It's what is termed as one of the invisible illness, where to look at the person they look healthy. They don't have anything that could identify externally, but there's also a lot of pain associated with lupus, and fatigue, and many people with it just have to work through that," said Dr. Peck.
Dr. Peck says lupus can attack the joints or organs and leave you completely disabled one day, then, up and running the next.
So, we hope lupus patients feel like celebrating tomorrow, May 11 because the Lubbock Lupus Foundation is staging a purple balloon release with other activities to bring awareness to lupus.
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