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Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), shorthand 'lupus', can affect multiple parts of the body such as the nervous system, digestion, heart, lungs and skin. It can be difficult to diagnose and is a chronic condition. In this section, we will cover information about pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood while managing lupus.

Fueling the Fight Against Lupus: You Are Never Alone

Lupus - you're not alone

In my family, we are born with a competitive spirit (and stubbornness). My dad coached hockey and my siblings and I played a myriad of sports. My life revolved around sports. Every weekend was spent at the rink, field, or court— and I loved it!  Soccer Saved My Life From an early age, soccer was my game and there was

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Cosmic Clue-By-Fours and Other Chronic Truths…

road to the rainbow

One of the most common questions I get asked is, in fact, formed in the prose of a question: “How do you do it?!?!” Wherein “it” refers to managing my five children, a job as a childcare provider (because I wasn’t bat-shit crazy enough with five of my own), a household, a design team spot for a wicked scrapbooking store,

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A Life Interrupted by Lupus

Dog mama

“You have lupus.” My doctor’s words cut through the air in the stark white of her examination room, and right through my soul.  Now it was real.  All the questions, the mystery, all of it just slipped away.  Instead a panic swelled inside my heart. I looked down at my feet dangling from the table.  My jeweled aqua blue flip

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Pregnancy Complications and Lupus

In a separate post, we looked at some of the main considerations for a woman diagnosed with lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or SLE) who desires to become pregnant. Here we continue that discussion, focusing on how a pregnant woman and her baby might be impacted under these circumstances.  It’s crucial that all women suffering from lupus understand that the chance

Pregnancy, Post-Partum and Lupus

pregnancy, post-partum and lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus, is an autoimmune disease that overwhelmingly affects women, which means there are certain considerations for patients who are or are looking to become pregnant.  Below we discuss some aspects of this disease during this very specific state of health in women of childbearing age. What are some considerations for planning to become