“People think lupus is very rare, but one in 3,500 people in the UK, most commonly young women between 18 and 45, are thought to be affected by some form of the condition. Lupus occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive and produces too many antibodies. Researchers have not yet identified the cause and there is no cure, but it tends to run in families. It can be controlled with drugs in most patients.

 “The first big hurdle was getting a correct diagnosis. There is no single test and the symptoms can mimic other conditions. I developed lesions on my face and scalp, in my nose and on my arms and legs, plus mouth ulcers and arthritic symptoms. Doctors said I might have HIV – or maybe hepatitis C; the mouth ulcers could be gingivitis, the aches and pains down to sleeping badly and so on.

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