Local woman shares her journey with lupus ahead of Walk with Us to Cure Lupus this weekend

NEW YORK — Your immune system is supposed to help keep your body safe and healthy.

But imagine if that worked against you instead? That’s what lupus does.

It is an autoimmune disease, which means that a person’s immune system attacks their normal, healthy tissues. This can cause inflammation, pain, and damage to certain parts of the body.

The disease can affect anyone, but it mostly affects women. There are many symptoms, including extreme fatigue, swollen joints, fever, abnormal blood clotting, and hair loss.

It can be difficult to diagnose because many symptoms can be confused with other illnesses. This can be a real problem for patients.

A local woman named Alexis Santana has joined CBS2 to share her lupus journey and shed light on the disease.

“It was really frustrating, especially when I was much younger, in my early twenties, when I started having all these symptoms, because I didn’t really understand what was going on. I had to first deferred it to doing my job and everything.” she says. “But as time went on and things got progressively worse, I really started to advocate and advocate and really push doctors to do more tests.”

This weekend you can also join us in supporting the search for a cure.

The New York City Walk with Us to Cure Lupus takes place this Saturday, October 22. The event begins at 9am at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, with opening ceremonies hosted by our very own Natalie Duddridge.

CBS2 is a proud partner of our #Better Together country.

CLICK HERE to register for the walk or donate to the Lupus Research Alliance.

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