The Jayla’s Smile team is now working to promote awareness of Lupus as it affects children as well as men and women. Currently, there are more people affected by Lupus than people affected by AIDS. This is an amazing fact simply because Lupus is so unfamiliar to alot of people yet it affects alot of people as well. Many people have Lupus for a long time before it is even detected and in severe cases, the disease can be deadly. There is not a single lab test that can tell if you have Lupus. Many symptoms of this disease imitate symptoms of other disease and they often come and go making it hard to catch. These things make it very important for us to be aware and to make sure we know the warning signs in order to help ourselves as well as a loved one.
As news of the Jayla’s Smile organization spread, many began to ask a very valid question
“What is Lupus?”. In hearing this, we have decided to take the organization a bit further.
According to the Lupus Foundation of America: Lupus, is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any organ of the body. In lupus, the body’s immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission.
Several types of Lupus include:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (S.L.E.)
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
For more information on Lupus visit http://www.lupus.org!
While we are still a fairly new organization, we have plans for monthly support groups, quarterly seminars and more educational opportunities. If you would like to be apart of a growing organization that will make a huge difference in the Jacksonville community please contact us ready to work. This is a non-profit organization and you must understand that all work is done on a voluntary basis.