Lupus. I must confess I had never heard of lupus before until my friend told me about it.
A few years ago, she told me that her sister is ill – she suffers from an extreme case of Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system is overactive and attacks the body and body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, lungs and even the heart. Since they didn’t have the knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands, she needed to travel abroad repeatedly in order to get medical treatment. And even that wasn’t a guarantee it would get better because although effective medical treatment exists, there is no cure for lupus. For decades, she has been living with this disease: the pain, flares that could kill her, chemo treatment, paralysis. Every day is a struggle and every step is a victory.
This incredibly strong and brave woman has set up the Plum Blossom Foundation to raise awareness on this disease and she has created this moving, honest and beautiful movie:
Please watch this and share this with your family and friends to raise awareness on Lupus. Support Ida by visiting the Plum Blossom Foundation website.