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What is lupus?

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system, your body's defence system, produces antibodies that attack the body's own tissues, causing inflammation. There are two main types of lupus:

  • discoid lupus
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

These pages focus on SLE, which is often just known as lupus.

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Providing care and support in tough times

Monique Francois, who has lupus, runs a support group to help others with the condition

Monique Francois' life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with lupus. Now she runs a support group to help others living with the condition.

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