Eldeberry and Lupus

Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European elder tree. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns.

Today, elderberry is most often taken as a supplement to treat cold and flu symptoms. Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring. However, the raw berries, bark and leaves of the plant are also known to be poisonous and cause stomach problem. The processing of the berries and flowers can reduce their antioxidant activity.

While elderberry has some promising potential benefits, there are also some dangers associated with its consumption especially for lupus warriors. Eldeberry will stimulate the immune system and can interfere with medications that suppress the immune system. The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications.  Medications including but not limited to corticosteroids (prednisone) and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases can cause side effects that will increase symptoms. People with organ transplants should also avoid elderberry.For these reasons you should stay on the safe side and avoid use or if you choose to use elederberry you should take it only under the supervision of a health care provider. #LupusInColor

Butterfly Flight Emmitt Henderson III

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories

Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly Emmitt Henderson III

My name is Emmitt Henderson III, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus back in 1995, however, my symptoms of Discoid Lupus took a toll on my skin when I was a young boy at the age of 10. Back then it was not diagnosed as Lupus but treated as a skin disease. For a year, I had skin rashes and blemishes all over my upper body that ended up going away. I thought I was cured.

15 years later, I had joint pains in my knees, wrist, and shoulders that I could not explain. They were so bad I went to the emergency room a few times just for them to send me home saying they cannot find anything wrong. Keep in mind all they did was X-rays at that time.

Pain settled all over my body while maintaining my full time job as a service manager at an auto shop. Despite my pain, I pushed through and went to work every day. One day at work, my pain was so bad that the owner of the company noticed it and wanted me to go to urgent care to get checked. I fought him, but he’s the owner, so I went. From urgent care after 8 hours, the doctors told me they needed to send me to the hospital for further diagnosis. 19 days later in the hospital, I was told “You have Lupus” my first reply was, “what is Lupus”

Since that time, I went through major complications in my life because of Lupus. It has affected every major organ in my body and most current, my brain. Some of the most notable procedures included a Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant to slow my Lupus activity down, Kidney Transplant, Right Knee replacement, Left Shoulder replacement, Gall Bladder removed, Interstitial Lung disease, and Encephalopathy in my brain. I also had to deal with Ulcers in my throat and esophagus that I had to eat from a feeding tube for 2 weeks, I went through chemotherapy and radiation therapy for over a year, Peritoneal dialysis over a year, Cardiomyopathy that caused heart failure, I was put in a clinically induced coma then rehab to walk, talk and use my limbs again, Over a long period of time I suffered from gout and shingles as well.

Going through all that, made me the Warrior I am today. I created my brand Male Lupus Warriors because that is exactly what I am. During my journey I haven’t found too many men speaking out on Lupus so I decided to be the Voice. Because of it, I was honored to be in magazine articles on health and wellness, Live news appearances about Lupus, I was given speaking events from the Lupus Foundation of America Socal, I was honored an award for Lupus Advocacy and featured on radio talk shows.

I’m also Vice President to a nonprofit organization founded by my partner called Hugs and Bags. We provide food, clothing, toiletries and we do haircuts for our community Free of charge. Since Covid-19, we provided over 3,500 meals to those in need. Doing this, brings Joy to my Heart as well as keeping my attention off of whatever Lupus brings me.
My goal for Male Lupus Warriors is to educate, inspire and spread awareness on Lupus. It’s also to encourage the fellas to speak out on their illnesses and come together to help others. I speak on Lupus and Mental Health in hope to encourage people to not be a victim to their illness.

Lupus In Color is excited to present Emmitt Henderson III’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.

Lupus In Color Salutes you Emmitt Henderson III.

YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY. YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY! FLY ON!

PLEASE SHARE Emmitt Henderson III’s FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Butterfly Flight Steff Linden

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories


Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly Steff Linden

I was diagnosed with SLE just over a year ago. After years of being misdiagnosed and having symptoms no doctor could explain, it was a mental breakdown that led to the discovery of my diagnosis.
The SLE I have effects my nervous system, so my odds of having a stroke are 50 times higher than that of a typical human being. Therefore, yoga is my lifeline.  Yoga meets me where I am, it never judges me or tells me I’m not enough.  It is as gentle or as vigorous as I need it to be, and honors my journey. 

Some days I feel like pushing, while other days are meant for rest. 

Regardless of what stage I’m at in my journey, yoga has helped me develop a sense of normalcy among the uncertainty.

My message to all my fellow Spoonies out there- find one thing that brings you joy.  Doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that will help you get through the tough days and flares.  You can do this!

Lupus In Color is excited to present Steff Linden’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.Lupus In Color Salutes you Steff Linden.

YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY. YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY! FLY ON!

PLEASE SHARE Steff Linden’s FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 21

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 21st Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 21

Chilblain lupus is a rare type of chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE). It is characterized by red or violaceous papules and plaques located on acral areas. Specifically, the majority of chilblain lesions develop on the knee, calves, toes, fingers and elbows. People with Raynaud’s disease are more susceptible to chilblains.

This is your 21st Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth

Butterfly Flight Sylvia McKelvey

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories

Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly Sylvia McKelvey

Lupus In Color is excited to present Sylvia McKelvey’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.Lupus In Color Salutes you Sylvia McKelvey . YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY.

YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY!FLY ON!
PLEASE SHARE Sylvia McKelvey’s FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Butterfly Flight L’Mekka Edwards

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories

Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly L’Mekka Edwards

As I sit in silence, I hear so many thoughts. What did I do? Who did I hurt? Is this Karma. Why me? When will this be over? Why I can’t get over this? How did I get here? Is this my new life!

Living with Lupus has been a thorn in my side since 2008 attacking my SKIN. Facebook has these memories that pop up and it shows me saying how Lupus affected me around the same time year after year. Am I the reason? Am I harming myself? What can I do different? I have always wanted to be a Police Officer. I finally took the test in 2004. 2005 I couldn’t start because I had my spleen removed. I gave up. I was working and being a mom.

My good friend suggested I try again. In March 2011, I became a Correctional Officer for Cook County. I was proud of myself, the pain I endured, the money I spent, the time I invested. I had no family support. I had to rely on God and a few friends to help me with my sons.

My health reared again, and I developed more auto immune problems, but I continued to try to get better. I got into fitness again became a Personal Trainer opened up my own gym in 2014. 2016 I made another milestone by finally becoming a Police Officer. After losing family members, miscarriages, being attacked at work, marriage failing I  made it through all of this. I was in the best shape of my life. My personal life sucks but my professional life was amazing.

2016 I developed HEART problems and had to wear a heart monitor a month before I started the Police Academy. I refused to let that stop me.  October 2017, I kept falling down. Hospitalized.

Lupus attacking my BRAIN. March 2018 my squad car was rear- ended. Hospitalized. I injured my left leg developed DVT and PE. Blood clot in left leg and one on each LUNG. April 2018 hospitalized Lupus attack my KIDNEYS. Category II and IV Lupus Nephritis. My son graduated from High school and went off to College. August 2018, I sprained my ankle in 3 places. I was off work from March until October 2018 with no income.

God helped me survive. November, twice in December 2018 Lupus attacks my EYES, twice in January 2019 and February I was in the hospital because Lupus attacked my Kidneys, eyes and lungs. I was off work again from January until May 2019 with no income, but God is keeping me. 

In 2019 was hospitalized every month except April and July. I am more focused on what I am eating that is causing my Lupus flare and how I can live my best life.

I turned 40 in 2019 on January 26 and I promised myself I was going to do 40 new things that year and I did.

On March 7th 2019 I became  a member of the First Lupus Sorority  – Lambda Sigma Sigma Lupus Sorority, Inc. Founded by LaCasha Lee in Chicago on August 13, 2018.

Lupus will not win.

I walk for myself.

I walk for awareness.

I walk for health.

I walk for you.

This girl treks.

Next time join me.

Help Me find a cure for Lupus. 

Lupus In Color is excited to present L’Mekka Edwards’ story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.

Lupus In Color Salutes you L’Mekka Edwards . YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY. YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY! FLY ON!

PLEASE SHARE L’Mekka Edwards’ FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Butterfly Flight Lashunda Reaves

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories

Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly Lashunda Reaves

My name is Lashunda Reaves. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a Registered nurse and I work night shift. On March 18, 2018 I was diagnosed with SLE lupus.

I have always felt tired and some pain, but I looked at it as me working the night shift and many hours. I have also had 4 miscarriages.

I have always had issues with my hair falling out and dry scalp which was being treated as eczema. One morning  after working a night shift, I woke up and my right eye was completely closed, painful, and throbbing.

I immediately went to emergency room where I spent 8 hours. Finally the ophthalmologist asked if I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? My answer was no. She diagnosed me with uveitis. She gave me 3 eye drops and discharged me.

Fast forward, I went in to my internal medicine doctor for regular check up. I Informed her of my situation with my eye and she sent me for blood work. 16 tubes of blood first round and second round 10 tubes. The 3rd round was x-rays of every bone in my body. I was then diagnosed with SLE lupus.
I found out my father’s sister had lupus and at that time the only medicine was prednisone. I can remember her skin was flaky, scaly and would bleed when scratched.

I can say this past 2 years I have fought for my life. With the help of my husband, my children, family, and friends I will continue to fight.
I AM A WARRIOR!!!!! I HAVE LUPUS, LUPUS DOESN’T HAVE ME.

Lupus In Color is excited to present Lashunda Reaves’ story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.

Lupus In Color Salutes you Lashunda Reaves.
YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY. YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY! FLY ON!

PLEASE SHARE Lashunda Reaves’ FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Butterfly Flight Remantha Louw

THE 8TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories
Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies, Butterflies of Hope Warrior Stories is dedicated to sharing those stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterfly Remantha Louw


My name is Remantha, I’m from South Africa, I am a lupus warrior. I am 20 years old and I was  diagnosed almost 2 years ago (in May it will be 2 years) I was 18 at the time and I was extremely sick for about 3 months. It started with me vomiting, after that I was diagnosed with arthritis. The doctor told me I had gland fever for a very long time. After dealing with all that, I was taken to a hospital to get stabilized. I was extremely scared because I thought I would die because all the tests that were run on me with no answers. It took doctors 3 days to discover what was actually wrong and then I was finally diagnosed with lupus.

I didn’t know anything about lupus, but I was extremely scared and I Googled my illness a lot after that. I was put on intense steroids and I started feeling better but after a week I could go home but I was extremely weak. I was also very depressed, all my friends left and my boyfriend didn’t want to be with someone who was sick. I felt very alone and I was depressed. I didn’t leave my room and I didn’t even leave my house until my mom and dad forced me to go shopping even though I was weak and tired.
I was still in high school and my high school forced me to write my end exam I was a senior in high school. I was in my last year and I was supposed to go to prom and I didn’t want to because I was extremely depressed. I did end up going though all because of my parents, they were my support system through all this.


I took my tablets everyday and I got better but gained a lot weight and since I was skinny before, I started hating my body. I always covered my body but with time I am still getting to be comfortable. My path with lupus hasn’t been the best, I still have bad days, but I do thank God for my life and I am willing to fight the good fight.


Lupus In Color is excited to present Remantha Louw’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so. Lupus In Color Salutes you Remantha Louw .

YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY. YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY! FLY ON!


PLEASE SHARE Remantha Louw’s FLIGHT ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 15

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 15th Lupus Fact

THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LUPUS ARE: EXTREME FATIGUE (TIREDNESS), HEADACHES, PAINFUL OR SWOLLEN JOINTS, FEVER, ANEMIA (LOW NUMBERS OF RED BLOOD CELLS OR HEMOGLOBIN, OR LOW TOTAL BLOOD VOLUME), SWELLING (EDEMA) IN FEET, LEGS, HANDS, AND/OR AROUND EYES, PAIN IN CHEST ON DEEP BREATHING (PLEURISY), BUTTERFLY-SHAPED RASH ACROSS CHEEKS AND NOSE, SUN- OR LIGHT-SENSITIVITY (PHOTOSENSITIVE), HAIR LOSS, ABNORMAL BLOOD CLOTTING, FINGERS TURNING WHITE AND/OR BLUE WHEN COLD (RAYNAUD’S PHENOMENON),MOUTH OR NOSE ULCERS.

This is your 15th Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth