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Lupus Awareness Blog No. 9 – Despite Lupus and Arthritis

Sara Gorman


Today, our spotlight is on Sara, successful lupus blogger and author of “Despite Lupus” and blog with the same name.  Her book is a “must read” on every lupus patient’s list!  In it, she details steps that helped her regain a healthy lifestyle and unravel the effects of what she calls “four years of running my body into the ground.”

After pursuing a demanding career as a television producer, she realized she was “fighting life, not living it.”  Her own words tell the story well,

“Thus, I downshifted almost every aspect of my life. I let go of my career and made it my number one priority to get myself back in good health. I’m proud to say that I’ve reached my goal, but work each day to maintain that healthy lifestyle. despite lupus. My book details the steps it took to reach that goal.

Despite Lupus

A native of Indiana and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two young daughters, and pug dog.  Check in on Sara’s wonderful lupus blog, and perhaps check out a copy of “Despite Lupus.”  It is available in paperback, or in Nook, Kindle or I-pad format.

Lupus Truth No. 9 – Most Lupus Patients Experience Arthritis

Diagnosis and Treatment of Lupus: More than 90 percent of people with lupus will experience joint and/or muscle pain that can be disabling.


Lupus Arthritis

Lupus causes inflammation in the synovial tissues inside joints of fingers, wrists, feet, ankles and knees, but unlike its auto-immune cousin Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus does not cause erosion of the bones.   As a result of this inflammation, non-erosive arthritis can develop that causes pain, stiffness and swollen joints.

To learn more about this lupus fact, please read my post from  May 9, 2012.

Plan to POP — Put on Purple — for Lupus May 17th

Remember to wash up your lilac colored laundry to get ready to “POP” — Put on Purple — for Lupus on Friday, May 17th!


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