New Book Release By Barbara De Witt Portrait Of Success -- Lupus Patients Who Celebrate Life

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"People who do not have lupus really don't know what it feels like. This volume moves us forward with its moving and hopeful portraits of men and women who deal with the disease every single moment. Thus, to read this is to truly learn. I have the honor of recognizing many of you who have contributed to this book. You are my heroes and heroines. For those of us who work with you toward a better tomorrow, these writings are inspiration to do better, work hard, think more deeply, and understand the importance of our goals of suppressing, curing and ultimately preventing lupus." by Bevra H. Hahn, MD. Professor of Medicine, UCLA, Lupus International Medical Advisory Board Co-Chair.

The people profiled in the following pages will show you how they cope with their illness. They reveal their inner strengths and display the enormous importance of having a strong spirit, socioeconomic stability, education, and knowledge, intact family and community support systems, and how these multi-faceted assets largely govern the prognosis of their disease.

Portraits of Success, published by Lupus International in collaboration with Angel City Press, is a book that showcases the lives of people that celebrate life everyday despite the fact that they have lupus. The brave people in this book share their challenges and advice to others that suffer from this devastating disease. Their encouraging words demonstrate the hope and faith that someday, there will be a cure.

The Chairman of the Board for Lupus International, Dr. Rodney Bluestone, M.B. says, "The people profiled in the following pages will show you how they cope with their illness. They reveal their inner strengths and display the enormous importance of having a strong spirit, socioeconomic stability, education, and knowledge, intact family and community support systems, and how these multi-faceted assets largely govern the prognosis of their disease."

The main purpose of the book is to educate and share with those that are newly diagnosed as well as encourage those that have lupus. A common theme that each profile shares in this book is faith. Faith that they will survive this disease, continue to love and live.

"Just because lupus is a terminal illness doesn't mean you have been handed a death sentence. All it means is that there is no cure for it yet. It is important to be disciplined enough to keep yourself healthy. I firmly believe that one should eat right, exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, not stress about things and enjoy life. That is how I stay in remission," says Connie McNutt.

Two book signings will take place on Monday, April 9th, 7p.m. at Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA and Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Borders South Coast Plaza, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Costa Mesa, CA. All are welcome.

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) is a chronic disease that can cause inflammation, pain and tissue damage throughout the body. It is an auto-immune disorder whereby the body's immune system attacks the recipient and manifests itself in a myriad of ways. Lupus affects more than 2.5 million people. The cause for this tragic disease is yet unknown, and there is currently no cure. When a person develops serious Lupus, they may have problems with their kidneys, heart, lungs or blood cells. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose and can mimic other diseases.

Lupus International's primary mission is to eradicate lupus by supporting lupus research, alleviating suffering for lupus patients through patient services, and effecting early detection of undiagnosed cases through awareness promotions. Communication is the key to understanding the critical needs of lupus sufferers. People need to be aware that while people with this illness look fine, the ravage of their bodies, the difficulty in daily living, the coping with severe pain are very tough to live with. A cure is desperately needed. There is hope. The Lupus Support Center is available for patients, their loved ones and medical professionals who need answers. To get more information about lupus or the book, visit us at http://www.lupusinternational.com .

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