Miss Oklahoma causes a stir throughout the Lupus community
As many of you may have seen in the news this past week, Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Woolard, made some statements about lupus. Ms. Woolard, as stated in a pageant interview, spoke about her lupus, and makes claims that she was “cured”. In the interview, she makes some statements that many feel indicate she may have had drug induced lupus, which can usually be “cured” or reversed, by simply stopping the medication that causes the condition.
However, Ms. Woolard is vague in her live comments on the Miss USA show, which aired this past weekend, and in her interview. You can read the interview in full by clicking here. She talks about fatigue, arthritis, joint pain and other symptoms commonly found in patients with SLE, or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
Many lupus patients online, through social networks like facebook, twitter and blogs have been in an uproar over her comments that SLE can be cured. The Lupus Alliance of America understands this uproar as we have spent many long, hard years striving to bring awareness about lupus and those who suffer from it to the attention of the general public. Lupus has long been a misunderstood disease, and comments such as the ones Ms. Woolard made can only hurt our efforts.
Lupus can be a devastating disease for some and it is an incurable disease for everyone who has it. We urge anyone who may have heard these comments from Ms. Woolard, or is curious about the disease, to visit our website at lupus alliance.org and learn the facts about lupus.
Lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that has no cure. A type of lupus, known as drug induced lupus, occurs in a very small number of cases. For those who have this form, it will usually disappear after the patient stops the medication that caused the reaction. In some cases it can take up to a year to stop feeling the effects of the drug.
Most of the 2 million Americans who have lupus have either discoid lupus, which mainly affects the skin, or systemic lupus, which can affect any organ in the body including the heart, lungs, brain, skin, kidneys, and blood.
Lupus, can be treated, and most of the time managed with medications such as NSAIDS, Prednisone, Plaquenil, Cytoxan and Cellcept, although these medications come with serious and sometimes life threatening side effects of their own. Those living with lupus can go through periods of “remissions”, but this does not mean they no longer have lupus or are cured, it simply means their lupus is not currently active.
The Lupus Alliance of America has many personal stories on our website, written by those living with lupus under our Tell Your Story section, and we welcome anyone to read them and learn what it is like to live with this disease on a day to day basis. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to lupus- a disease that affects more people than MS, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined.
Lupus tends to be misunderstood, ignored and under estimated. We at the Lupus Alliance of America will be contacting Ms. Woolard in the hopes that she will publicly correct any miscommunications drawn from her statements. We need more people in the public eye to speak out about lupus, especially those who have firsthand knowledge and can explain just how painful, debilitating and life altering this disease can be.