My mother Patricia Anne Castle was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 16 years old and suffered from the many severe symptoms and numerous hospital visits for the majority of her life. Some how being the amazingly strong woman she was you never would have seen her down or depressed, she accepted the fact she had Lupus and tried to make the best of her life that she could. She was one of the most amazing caring women/mothers you could ever meet. Lupus hits home for me because on 04/07/2000 my family and I lost the most important person in my life.
On Saturday June 14th I will be also be walking with my cousin Desiree, She also has been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and most recently with CNS (Central Nervous System) Lupus. A form of lupus that affects the brain and nervous sytems. She also is a exteremly strong woman and you would never know anything was wrong with her. Given the circumstances of her disease she does extremely well at being a great mother of 3 gorgeous little girls and continues to work full time to provide for them.
So on 06/14/08 we will be walking for Desiree and in the memory of Patti Castle. Please feel free to make any donations to our fundraising goal and thank you very much for your continued support!
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. Normally the body's immune system makes proteins called antibodies, to protect the body against viruses, bacteria, and other foreign materials. These foreign materials are called antigens.
In an autoimmune disorder like lupus, the immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against itself. These antibodies -- called "auto-antibodies" (auto means 'self') -- cause inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.
Inflammation is considered the primary feature of lupus. Inflammation, which in Latin means "set on fire," is characterized by pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function, either on the inside or on the outside of the body (or both).
For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems. Although epidemiological data on lupus is limited, studies suggest that more than 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year.
In the United States, lupus is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans than in Caucasians.
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