Raising Lupus Awareness

Community events such as walks and lectures are very important in the fight to cure Lupus. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 90% of patients diagnosed with Lupus are women and the disease is more common among African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans than among Caucasians.

Lupus is an auto-immune disease that can affect any part of the body including the skin, joints, and organs. Lupus can manifest differently in each patient. In fact, most people with Lupus can go on living normal and productive lives with proper treatment. Yet, Lupus can be disabling to some people based on the severity of the case.

It is possible to receive Social Security Disability benefits if you have been diagnosed with lupus. The Social Security Administration Listings of Impairments include lupus as a qualifying disability. However, every person that is diagnosed with Systemic Lupus may not qualify for disability benefits because the disease can affect every person differently. Systemic Lupus will be considered if the disease is effecting two or more organs or body systems and if a person is experiencing flare ups of symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, malaise, and involuntary weight loss, which cause limitations in a person’s daily activity.

Source: Lupus Foundation of America, “What Are The Risks For Developing Lupus”