Pamela Yvette Boston, my cousin who was more like a sister and who I affectionately call my SisterCousin, passed away of complication from Lupus at the age of 24. She was also an amazing mentor and friend. Pam, I miss you! I haven't been the same since you went Home. I keep you close. Butterflies to you, Pam! R.I.H.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. #Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can change any part of the body. Lupus attacks the body because it cannot tell the difference from foreign invaders and healthy tissues. Research estimates that 1.5 million Americans have Lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). Women of color are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop Lupus.
Lupus causes the immune system to attack the body's own cells and tissue. Common symptoms of lupus include achy or swollen joints, fevers, extreme fatigue and skin rashes.
At the present time, there is NO CURE for lupus, but if diagnosed early, medications are available that can treat lupus symptoms in most patients. For the vast majority of people with lupus, effective treatment can minimize symptoms, reduce inflammation, and maintain normal bodily function.