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LUPUS.. Living with the Wolf

Lupus is an auto-immune disease, meaning that the body produces antibodies that, instead of fighting infection, attack the skin, organs, blood, and joints. No two people have the exact same symptoms, some may have just the skin affected, (Discoid, or Subcutaneous Lupus), full blown lupus (Systemic Lupus), or sometimes medications will bring it on, (Drug-Induced Lupus).  People of any sex or age can get lupus, and the cause is unknown, but it is mainly found in women, of childbearing age.  It is no longer the death sentence it used to be.  Most people are living long, fairly productive lives, thanks to better physician awareness and newer treatments.

Here is the explanation according to the Lupus Foundation:

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. The body's immune system normally 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 such as lupus, the immune system loses its ability to tell the difference between foreign substances (antigens) and its own cells and tissues. The immune system then makes antibodies directed against "self." These antibodies, called "auto-antibodies," react with the "self" antigens to form immune complexes. The immune complexes build up in the tissues and can cause inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain.

For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs. For others, it may cause serious and even life-threatening problems. More than 16,000 Americans develop lupus each year. It is estimated that 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with lupus.

Lupus was named after the latin name lupine  meaning wolf.  This wolf  devours it's prey. It's relentless in it's attacks and never seems to give up.  Although I know that lupus can and does go into remission from time to time, it seems to always be here.  The butterfly is another symbol of lupus, due to the rash on the cheeks which is shaped like a butterfly.  Not everyone with lupus has this rash but many of us do. 

1 Co 1:27  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.        

2 Co 12:9-10   And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my imfirmities, that the power of Christ may rest up   me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I pray if you are in this or another battle, that you'll turn to the Lord and lean upon Him.  Open your Bible and praise Him for keeping you in His care.  Praise Him for loving you the way He does.  Ask Him to show you how you can bring glory to Him through this.  He loves you and He is here for you.  And the healing may be yours right now!  I pray it is..

Father God, praise Your Holy name.  We give you honor and glory.. I ask you now to touch those suffering in body and mind.  Heal them bringing them into the fullness of health and peace. Use them to bring glory to your name, give them the health and well being to do the job appointed of them.  Breathe throughout their bodies healing and restoring what the canker worm has stolen.  Thank you Abba, we love and adore you, teach us to follow your ways bringing you glory and honor, in the name of Jesus amen and amen .. May the Lord bless each of you..

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Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  Jer 33:3

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O  mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.   Micah 7:7-8

Lupus   http://www.medakate.org/lupus.html
LUPUS:    http://www.lupus.org/lupus/topics/arthritis.html