The support services of Skip To My Lupus, Inc. in Columbia, SC enhances the quality of life for people affected by lupus and other such auto-immune disorders as well as helps support their families and caregivers. Check out the newspaper articles about our conferences, awareness walks and pieces written about us.
Mother-daughter duo work to raise awareness for cause close to their hearts
Like founders of many nonprofit organizations, Tamara Rajah and Alison Sheppard are passionate about helping people. The duo works through Skip To My Lupus to educate and support those diagnosed with lupus, a disease they’ve found many people don’t know much about.
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Lupus Support Group to Hold Conference
Skip To My Lupus Inc. will hold a women's empowerment...can live a prosperous life, even with lupus or an autoimmune disorder. “Skip To My Lupus is a nonprofit organization that sponsors...
Group Lets Lupus Patients’ Work Through Their Pain
The staff of Skip To My Lupus Inc. knows firsthand what impact...she said. "We are always willing to come meet with you.” Reach Nikasha...firstname.lastname@example.org.Skip To My Lupus, Inc. What: Support group When...
RICHMOND NEIGHBORS|AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Lupus Group Will Thank Supporters with a Party
...Lucy C. Laney High School student died this year of lupus, Skip To My Lupus Inc. stepped in. “This was a young lady who was...at Laney at the time. “Then, I got a call from Skip To My Lupus, and the first thing they asked me was, ‘What...
RICHMOND NEIGHBORS|LUCY C. LANEY HIGH SCHOOL
Senior Project Evolves Into Walk for Lupus
...sponsored by the advocacy group Skip To My Lupus Inc. and Walmart is donating...said Tamara Rajah, the CEO of Skip To My Lupus. Ms. Matfess gives the credit...been absolutely fantastic and Skip To My Lupus as a whole has been fantastic...
Health Care Reform Gives Hope to Uninsured
...health reform that appears likely to be part of any final bill is an end to denial of coverage for pre-existing...pleases, Tamara Rajah, the CEO of Skip To My Lupus Inc. in Augusta, a group that seeks...
Some Say Patients Can’t Wait Until 2014
...bone cancer. “How long do you want to wait when you know you have something...until 2014. That's a long time to Rajah, the chief executive officer of Skip To My Lupus support group in Augusta, who has...
We would also like to provide answers to your most frequently asked questions about lupus. Please take a look at our FAQs.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu).
Is Lupus contagious?
Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone.
Is Lupus hereditary?
Lupus is not hereditary in that the disease itself is not passed from parent to child. It is hereditary in that a predisposition to developing the disease is passed down from parent to child. It is important to recognize this distinction. Not everyone with a parent who has lupus will develop the disease itself, and children can develop the disease even if neither of their parents has lupus.
Is there a cure for Lupus?
At present, there is no cure for lupus. However, lupus can be effectively treated with drugs, and most people with the disease can lead active, healthy lives. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of feeling better or remissions.
The cause of Lupus is unknown, although it can sometimes be caused by certain drugs. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system cannot recognize its own tissue from disease causing agents and so attacks itself.
Who does Lupus affect?
Lupus is more prevalent among African-American, Greek, Hispanic, and Asian women, though some men have lupus, as well. The problem with lupus is people can't tell how sick you really are. That's one of the reasons lupus doesn't get the respect it deserves. One of the major things that happen in lupus is chronic fatigue, and there is no way to measure that.
How many people are affected by Lupus?
Ten percent of lupus patients are male. The composition of lupus patients changes depending on what area you are in. It is more common in African-Americans and Asian-Americans in the United States. That probably represents genetic issues that are not yet understood. An average patient in the U.S. is diagnosed in their 20's and 30's. In Canada the age of onset might be a little bit later. In Sweden, for example, the age of onset for lupus is late 30's, early 40's. There are currently an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States living with lupus.
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