Q: Is there a lupus cure?
At the present time there is no lupus cure, but here certainly are effective treatments.
Many people believe that when they receive a lupus diagnosis, they were just handed a fatal prognosis but this is not true. Lupus is a disease of management, and barring overwhelming organ complications, those with lupus can live a normal life span. Becoming proactive in one's healthcare is essential so consider making these recommendations a part of your lupus life:
Develop a healthy and honest communication style with your health care team and expect the same from them
Take medication as prescribed. (if you are not taking your medication as prescribed, always inform your doctor and open a discussion as to why)
Know your medications and why you are taking them. Often times people feel that the medication is not doing what they feel it should be doing. For example: not all medications are to target lupus, instead they are used to target the side effects of other lupus medications.
Monitor health changes and symptoms and share these with the doctor. We recommend keeping a journal and reviewing what you wrote since your last appointment. Make a bulleted list of things that you want to talk about and bring it with you.
Gain knowledge about the disease and keep yourself up to date on new developments.
Know when to seek help when symptoms, side effects or other unusual occurrences happen
Develop a healthy support system both in and outside of the family and do not isolate yourself
While it may be years until a lupus cure is found, you need to learn to live and love your life. Don't fight with lupus but learn to cooperate with it – gain acceptance for the new normal you will develop – find enjoyment and realize if you can't do something you wanted to do today, you have tomorrow or the next.