Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation. It has a wide variety of symptoms such as joint pain, swelling, fatigue, and general discomfort. Because lupus affects everyone. But, few people recognize it. In fact, there is no real cure for lupus, and it can flare up throughout a person’s life. Then, lupus silently causes a lot of damages to many parts of human body and finally kills them. Yet, it can be treated through medications in the early stages. In some milder cases, lupus affects human health and changes their life and work. In particular, there are more and more people around the world getting lupus, including many celebrities. Nevertheless, they actually overcome it and make a great success in their life.
Lupus means “wolf” in Latin, so former doctors named this disease because of its skin symptoms. It is the common butterfly rash on the cheeks and nose of many lupus patients as facial mark of wolf. Moreover, there are some signs of lupus that often make people confuse with other conditions such as:
– Unexplained fever
– Hair loss
– Skin rash
– Pulmonary problems
– Nephritis or kidney problems
– Swollen joints
– Gastrointestinal problems
– Thyroid problems
– Dry mouth and eyes
Some people have only a few mild symptoms and others have many, more severe symptoms.
The cause of lupus is now unknown, yet, many researchers believe there are 3 main factors causing lupus:
– Heredity factors: family members of lupus patients is easier to have it than others.
– Environmental conditions: bacterial contamination, toxic chemicals, sunshine (exposure to UV light) …
– Hormones: women are easier to catch lupus than men, especially women in pregnant period. According to a survey, 90% of lupus patients are women, and of these, 90% develop the condition during their reproductive years. But, men, children, and teenagers can develop lupus, too. Most people with lupus develop the disease between the ages of 15-44.
Despite its various symptoms and strong effects to human, patients who are suffering lupus can have some early treatments by medications to limit its development. There are some medications commonly used to control lupus. They are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarial drugs, corticosteroids and immune-suppressants.
The following describes 10 famous people with lupus and how they overcome it.
Selena Gomez, a famous pop singer and actress, was diagnosed with lupus in 2015. She had lived with it for 2 years since she first saw her debilitating flare up of the disease in late 2013. At that time, Selena Gomez had to cancel one of her important concert tours. With lupus, Gomez had suffered many flares. It also caused her facial swelling, extreme fatigue, headaches and joint pain. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Selena Gomez told to the magazine Billboard. Her case seemed to be particularly bad. So she had been through chemotherapy which was applied only for a severe diagnosis. Now she can address lupus by medications and try to fight it. Despite getting disease, Selena Gomez still devotes her life to arts and makes a great success.
Nick Cannon was the host of “America’s Got Talent”. He realized that he had lupus in 2012 after being hospitalized for what he initially believed was kidney disease. And he had suffered nephritis, one of the serious results of lupus. Cannon met difficulty in the complications with lupus. He had to experience a near kidney failure. However, Cannon has not let this disease control him, and he is now on his recovery.
In 2003, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was said to suffer lupus. In fact, the famous pop star was diagnosed with lupus in 1986. As a result of lupus, Jackson was sensitive to UV light, which could explain why he frequently wore hats, masks, sunglasses and had alleged drug dependence.
Toni Braxton, R&B singer, was diagnosed with lupus in 2010 and still on the struggles of living with lupus. “Some days I can’t balance it all. I just have to lay in bed,” and “Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day. But some days you get through it. But for me, if I’m not feeling well, I tend to tell my kids, ‘Oh mommy’s just going to relax in bed today. I kind of take it easy.” she told about lupus. Toni Braxton got systemic erythematosus lupus. It was a version of the diseases affected women.
The famous singer, Seal, also got discoid lupus erythematosus, a type of lupus known for causing painful skin blisters. As its effects on the skin and scalp, Seal received facial scars. This type of lupus not only affected skin but also caused hair loss. Seal was advised to avoid exposure to the sun.
Although Lady Gaga has not been diagnosed with lupus, she has tested borderline positive for lupus. She also has no signs or symptoms of lupus, however, lupus is in her family, and it is genetic. Thus, Lady Gaga is always cautious about lupus and takes care of herself.
Paula Abdul, Former American Idol Judge, also got lupus. She has struggled with it and suffered complex regional pain syndrome and fatigue for a decade. Finally, she found an effective treatment and became a tireless public advocate for lupus awareness and research.
Trick Daddy, a famous rapper, also suffered from lupus in 2009. But, he stopped taking medication for the disease because he found it just led to side effects that needed more medication.
The famous star, Kristen Johnston, in Bride Wars, was diagnosed with lupus related to spinal cord. She visited 17 different doctors, finally, she was treated with chemotherapy. Now Kristen Johnston improves her health more.
Flannery O’Connor is considered one of the best short story authors of the 20th century. She got lupus, and after battling lupus, for more than a decade, Flannery O’Connor died in 1964.
Charles Kuralt (CBS newsman), Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines President) and Donald Byrne (chess player), who all lived in the 20th century, died from complications with lupus. At that time, the development of medicine could not help them fight against lupus.
Lupus is really a dangerous disease causing harms to human life. Although there is no cure for it, patients can have some treatments. The treatments depend on lupus symptoms. So, you should determine whether your signs and symptoms should be treated and what medications to use. Address and fight with lupus to gain your life.