Lupus is an autoimmune disease. It is not a virus, and so is not transmittable. It is not something that occurs as you age, you can’t induce it by living any particular lifestyle, although there are theories that some people may have triggered early onset of particular symptoms. Certainly one you have been diagnosed and living with it for a few years you may trigger flares, however as a long-time sufferer of this disease I cannot see any point in my life in which I placed my body in a situation which may have led to this. I also don’t believe this is a punishment for my ‘sins’, nor is it God’s way of testing me or making me a better person or due to something that occurred in a past life. I was simply born with the DNA that drew the lottery, so to speak.

But where are my manners? I haven’t even begun in the natural order of these things so let me go back a step.

Costochondritis is one of my more recent inflammatory ailments which has arisen as a side-effect of my Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. I was diagnosed with it in the early months of […]

What I just wanted to do here, was share my understanding of Rheumatism versus exercise. I wanted to provided an opportunity for the individual to consider how their chronic illness may be affecting their physical activeness and a chance to develop a bit of confidence to indulge in a light amount of exercise in this new year.

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