This is a collaboration of Sugar Artists and Cake designers who have this disease or have indirectly been affected by it, for instance a relative or a friend. Each of us has tried to symbolise what this complex and treacherous condition is and so raise awareness.
come and give these artists the thumbs up :):) or join us for next year’s collaboration :) xxxx
Have you ever felt tired? A lupus sufferer can be so extremely tired they can literally drop of to sleep in a disco. Fatigue can be so bad that it will prevent you from functioning properly.
Then the pain in the joints and the swelling also affect you, and if you are lucky you will have a rash on your face that can even make you look quite healthy! However, if you are unlucky to have a serious flare (this is what we call it when lupus is on the rampage) you can have such serious problems that you end up in hospital for weeks. I don’t want to go into all the details suffice it to say that few have heard of lupus, yet worldwide it is more common than leukaemia, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Although it affects mostly women, men and young children can also have lupus.
In order to understand the basics, let me say that when the body’s defence mechanism goes haywire and starts to attack itself, you are in deep trouble. The symptoms are many and varied and the illness seems to mimic other diseases. This makes it very difficult to diagnose and the condition can be overlooked, sometimes for years, unless the GP or consultant is alert to lupus.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, characterised by exacerbations (flares) and remissions. Although there is no cure, this does not mean it cannot be controlled.