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Why an Olympic Gold Medalist Is Opening Up About Living With Lupus

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is the Health Editor at SheKnows. She is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham ...

Lupus can be debilitating for everyone, including Olympic soccer players

After years of hiding it from teammates, former professional soccer player Shannon Boxx has become a vocal advocate of lupus awareness. The 39-year-old three-time Olympic gold medal winner is now speaking up about her condition and recently sat down with SheKnows and Dr. Tania Gonzalez-Rivera, a rheumatologist, to discuss the importance of knowing the symptoms of this potentially debilitating disease.

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Lupus: what you need to know

  • Lupus is an incurable chronic autoimmune disease that can affect and damage any part of the body, including skin, joints and/or internal organs.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus is one of the most serious and common forms of lupus, affecting approximately 200,000 Americans — 90 percent of whom are women.
  • Lupus is three times more likely to affect African-American women and twice as likely to affect Asian-American women and Latinas than Caucasian women.

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For more information on symptoms and when to talk to your doctor, visit Us in Lupus.

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