Friday, August 29, 2014

Lupus...

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  And, how fund-raising is rampant, at the moment.

Something that I failed to mention yesterday, is about how wonderful it is that through all the videos being done, people are getting to understand better how much help is needed.  And, they are becoming educated about what ALS is, and how it affects people.

While I'm happy about that, there is something different I wish I could be happy about.  I wish people were feeling the same about Lupus.

A few years ago, my daughter P and I set up a walk-a-thon, for Lupus.  This was in October, the month for Lupus support. 

We even arranged for Tim Horton's to supply hot chocolate and some treats.  For this, we were thankful to them, and to God.

Even though we promoted the event, and asked people to support it, only a few people showed up. 

To me, this was upsetting.  After all, those suffering from Lupus, need support.  Just like people suffering from other diseases do.

This is something I will continue praying for.  Support for those suffering from Lupus, and other auto-immune diseases.

Many people have no idea what Lupus is.  Or, how it affects a person.

Here is a link, so you can read about what Lupus is:  http://www.lupuscanada.org/.  Instead of using an information page, I used the Lupus Canada website link.  This way, much more information is available.

Here is another link, where you can easily be informed as to the different types of Lupus:  http://www.hopkinslupus.org/lupus-info/types-lupus/.  This article was posted by the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center.

Just to give you an easy to understand idea of what Lupus is and does, I'll tell you a little story.

When a healthy person becomes ill, antibodies waken from within their immune system, and fight off the cells that are making them ill.  This happens with all forms of illness, whether it is infection, virus, or whatever.

Once the healthy person's antibodies have killed off the cells that were making them ill, their body's antibodies go to sleep, until they are needed again, at some point in the future.

However, this does not happen for someone who has Lupus.

When someone with Lupus gets ill, their antibodies within their immune system fight off the cells of virus, infection or whatever, much like they do for a healthy person.

But, instead of those antibodies going to sleep after the fighting is done, they stay awake.  They do not go back to sleep until they are needed, again.

Instead, those antibodies get confused.  They don't realize the unhealthy cells are not there anymore.  So, they continue attacking cells.  Healthy cells.

And, they can attack cells anywhere in a person's body, who has Lupus.

I've met some people who have Lupus.  Some are still alive.  Some have died.  The outcome of the disease much depends upon which type of Lupus the person has.

Please join me in prayer, for those who are suffering from Lupus.  Thank you.  May God bless you.

In case you don't know this, my daughter P, has Lupus.

Please be aware that the type of Lupus she has can end her life.  And, she suffers greatly.

Just like many others do.

Thinking about suffering, made me think of Romans 8:18, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

Yes, the sufferings we experience in our lives, are basically nothing to be compared with the glory we will experience, once our lives end, and we spend eternity in Heaven, with God.

Hmmm...

This brings up a point I mentioned here on LwL, yesterday.  Where will you spend eternity?

Will you spend eternity in Hell, separated from God?  Or, will you spend eternity in Heaven, with our Lord?

Many people don't know how it can be done, to ensure they spend eternity in Heaven, with God.

It's really very simple.  All we must do, is trust in/believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ... and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

If you haven't yet, come to Christ and gained salvation, I would suggest you do so, today. 


Until next time...

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