Jennifer Clare Burke chronicles her struggle with lupus, and the challenge to keep on keepin' on.
Jennifer Clare Burke is a writer based in the Philadelphia area. An expanded edition of her novel A Life Less Convenient: Letters to My Ex, about the struggle to maintain a romantic relationship through chronic illness, will be published by Homofactus Press in early 2013.
Quick Facts About Lupus
*Lupus is a disease in which the immune system mutinies against the body, mistaking its healthy tissues for a hostile invader. The resulting inflammation may cause pain and/or damage to joints, skin and organs.
*The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that approximately 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus.
*Ninety percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women, and 80 percent of those afflicted with systemic lupus develop it between the ages of 15 and 45.
*Approximately 70 percent of lupus cases are systemic. A major organ is affected in close to half these cases.
*Lupus is two to three times more prevalent among people of color, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Native Americans.
More information is available from the Lupus Foundation of America: lupus.org.
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