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Lupus and the Heart

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How does lupus affect the heart? Lupus can affect the heart in many ways. One of the most common ways that lupus affects the heart is pericarditis.  Pericarditis is inflammation of the outer lining around the heart.   This can sometimes result in the accumulation of fluid around the heart.  Signs and symptoms of pericarditis can […]

Asking for Help

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Most of us don’t like to ask for help. The more stressed we feel, the more likely we are say (or feel): “Oh, I’ll just do it myself!” These are generally the reason people think they can’t ask for help: They fear looking “weak.” Asking for help is human. It is not a sign of […]

Meet Liz Morasso: Paying It Forward

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Liz is a champion, advocate, and lupus patient. In 2002, Liz was diagnosed with lupus when she was 16 years old. Over the past 13 years, she found ways to help others cope with lupus by becoming what she terms a “patient-centered” clinician helping people cope with rheumatic diseases. Liz is the facilitator of two Lupus LA adult […]

Coping With a Flare

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Flares, for Lupus patients, are a way of life. One of the lessons we Loopies learn is that flares, mild or severe, can happen anytime and anywhere. They can creep up slowly, or hit us like a bolt of lightening. One minute we’re out and about, and the next we’re flat on our backs in […]