Lupus is an auto-immune disease whereby the body’s immune system attacks itself (the organs and tissues of the body). It usually affects the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart, brain and the blood.
A book to understand the underlying circumstances of the disease was launched on July 15 at the City of Dreams Manila where it sends a clear message that people with lupus can and do live normal and fulfilling lives.
Co-written by Hope for Lupus Foundation, Inc. founder Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar with doctors Angeline Magbitang-Santiago, Evelyn Osio-Salido and Geraldine Zamora, the book titled “Living Better with Lupus” talks about early diagnosis, types of lupus, problems with lupus specifically during pregnancy, and available treatments.
Aglipay-Villar, who herself suffers from lupus, shared her experience on the difficulties of living with the disease during the launch. Other sufferers also recounted their challenges as well as their strong faith that despite the affliction life is still worth living.
“We can accomplish everything we desire and achieve our dreams by taking charge of our health, and by conquering lupus with knowledge and awareness about the disease,” Aglipay said.
The book hopes to serve as a trusted companion of those with the disease and their families who will be with them through the many aspects and stages of the illness, she added.
All proceeds of the book will go to the Hope for Lupus Foundation Inc. a non-profit organization, which aims to promote the early detection and proper treatment of lupus by raising awareness about the condition. The foundation further provides support to lupus patients and their families.