Living with Lupus

Lupus is a serious chronic condition, but diagnosis and treatment are improving. More and more people with lupus are finding that they can be active and productive as lupus can be treated and somewhat controlled. Controlling the disease is key to living well with lupus. Education and awareness of how your own body reacts to the disease can help an individual deal better with the challenge of living with this condition. An informed patient can watch for warning signs of a flare and manage treatment more effectively. Catching a flare in its early stages can make treatment easier and more effective. A good working relationship with the doctors and the entire treatment team is crucial to the success of treatment. The strong support of family, friends and peer support group members can be equally important. Membership in lupus organizations can be helpful and informative by linking you with others in the community, providing education and additional support.