Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lupus Awareness Jewelry and Photo Shoot!

Blessings loves!

May is Lupus Awareness month! What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. 

The most common symptoms of lupus, which are the same for females and males, 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 (photosensitivity)
  • hair loss
  • abnormal blood clotting
  • fingers turning white and/or blue when cold (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
  • mouth or nose ulcers
Find out more at Lupus Foundation of America


Imagine my surprise when my friend JP mentioned that she was doing a mother's day shoot and the mother has lupus so she wanted to use some of my jewelry. Of course I said SURE! lol

Here are the beautiful photos she took! 

 


Jewelry available at ChariT's Inspirational Creations


 Has anyone you know been affected by lupus?


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3 comments :

  1. Happy to help you spread the word and your jewelry is beautiful!

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  2. Love your message and your jewelry! Keep it coming!!!

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  3. A beautiful photo shoot and such an informative post! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://awriterinlove.blogspot.com

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