Lupus Myths & Facts with Dr. Maggie Cadet

We had an amazing conversation with Dr. Maggie Cadet, Rheumatologist. Dr. Cadet debunked myths and gave us facts. It was a great wrap up to Lupus Awareness Month. We were educated, inspired, encouraged and empowered. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend today. Please be on the lookout for Dr. Cadet’s information in our magazine that will share some great education for all to read. #LupusInColor #DrMaggieCadet

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 31

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies

Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 31st Lupus Fact

Organizations and individuals across the country have come together all month to help promote & heighten awareness about lupus. The  hope is to not only to educate by spreading the truth and facts about lupus but to also one day find a cure.

This is your 31st Butterfly of Hope.We need awareness! We need a cure!Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 30

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

May 30th Lupus Fact


Research suggests 4-22% of those with lupus are male. Men develop the same typical clinical manifestations of lupus as women, yet certain key symptoms may be different. Kidney and skin involvement, for example, may be more common among men with lupus.

Lupus Fact 30

Lupus is not contagious. It can not be passed from one person to another. It cannot be transmitted sexually. There is no need to avoid being near someone who has lupus. The cause or causes of lupus are not known with certainty.

This is your 30th Butterfly of Hope. We need awareness! We need a cure! Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 29

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies

Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!
May 29th Lupus Fact


Flares can come and go. You may have swelling and rashes one week and no symptoms the next. Sometimes flares happen without clear symptoms and are seen only with laboratory tests. Some flares are mild, but others are very serious and require medical care or hospitalization.

This is your 29th Butterfly of Hope.We need awareness! We need a cure! Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 28

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies

Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 28th Lupus Fact

Contrary to popular opinion, Lupus can be fatal. Many times the cause of death is not listed as lupus, but the condition such as stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, kidney failure or seizure was caused by a complication of lupus.

This is your 28th Butterfly of Hope.We need awareness! We need a cure!Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 27

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

May 27th Lupus Fact

As with other diseases in which the spectrum of symptoms varies widely, the treatment team must be designed for each individual case of lupus. A dermatologist will be involved if skin lesions are present; a neurologist , if cognitive loss is a possibility; a nephrologist will monitor kidney function; and a rheumatologist is often involved because of the frequency of joint pain. Other specialists will be needed depending on what organ systems are affected.

This is your 27th Butterfly of Hope.We need awareness! We need a cure!Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 26

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

May 26th Lupus Fact

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 26

Sometimes, lupus warriors can experience the whole range of clinical symptoms and laboratory findings of two well-defined autoimmune diseases at the same time—even those that are not part of one or the other disease. When this happens, they are said to have overlap syndrome. Overlapping autoimmune disease is common in SLE diagnosis. There are some common diseases associated with lupus, they include but are not limited to: Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Raynaud’s Syndrome, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Autoimmune thyroid disease, Celiac disease, Myasthenia gravis, Antiphospholipid syndrome, Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis and Fibromyalgia.

This is your 26th Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!
#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 25

Butterflies of Hope – Flight of the Butterflies

Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!
May 25th Lupus Fact


A person must meet 4 out of 11 criteria to assist with a firm lupus diagnosis. The 11 criteria are: 1. Malar rash: A butterfly-shaped rash appears across the cheeks and nose. 2. Discoid rash: Raised red patches develop. 3. Photosensitivity: A skin rash appears after exposure to sunlight.Oral or nose ulcers: 4. Non-erosive arthritis: This does not destroy the bones around the joints, but there is tenderness, swelling, or effusion in 2 or more peripheral joints. 5. Pericarditis or pleuritis: Inflammation affects the lining around the heart (pericarditis) or lungs (pleuritis).6. Kidney disorder: Tests show high levels of protein or cellular casts in the urine if a person has a kidney problem. 7. Neurologic disorder: The person has seizures, psychosis, or problems with thinking and reasoning. 8. Hematologic (blood) disorder: 9. Hemolytic anemia is present, with a low white blood-cell count or low platelet count. 10. Immunologic disorder: Tests show that there are antibodies to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA), antibodies to Sm, or antibodies to cardiolipin. 11. Positive ANA: The test for ANA is positive, and the person has not used any drugs that might induce it.

This is your 25th Butterfly of Hope.We need awareness! We need a cure!Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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Lupus Awareness Month Fact 24

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

May 24th Lupus Fact

Having lupus increases the risk of a number of health problems. One is infection. Infection becomes more likely because both lupus and its treatments weaken the immune system. Common infections include urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, yeast infections, salmonella, herpes, and shingles. Another is bone tissue death: This occurs when there is low blood supply to a bone. Tiny breaks can develop in the bone. Eventually, the bone may collapse. It most commonly affects the hip joint.

This is your 24th Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusAwarenessMonth

Lupus Awareness Month Fact 23

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

May 23rd Lupus Fact

Pleuritic chest pain, or pain when you take a breath, is very common in people with SLE, when this pain is not caused by pleurisy, it could be a sign of Costochondritis. Costochondritis is a common condition that is characterized by inflammation of the cartilage in the chest at the point where the ribs attach to the breastbone (the sternum). It usually occurs on one side of the chest only. The inflammation causes pain in the front of the chest. When swelling of the area is also present, the condition is referred to as Tietze syndrome.

This is your 23rd Butterfly of Hope.
We need awareness! We need a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!
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