JOHANNESBURG - The month of May is Lupus Awareness Month and Lupus Drive member, Teboho Mashiyane was in studio to help raise awareness about the chronic disease on Wednesday.
"Your immune is there to fight viruses and infections, but when you have Lupus your immune system gets fooled in a way and thinks that your body, your organs, your tissue, your glands are a virus", said Mashiyane.
The chronic disease triggers inflammation in any part of the body including skin, joints and other body organs.
People with Lupus experience a variety of symptoms including fatigue, pain and swelling in the joints.
"When I was still young in high school... I used to have flare-ups. When I wake up... I would have my eyes, nose, lips swollen and I did numerous tests and they couldn't find exactly what was going on. When I got to tertiary it stopped and when I had my daughter....that's where it started again.
I was in and out of hospital....and doctors couldn't pin out what was wrong and then I started developing a rash on my nose.
Teboho has been living with the condition for 7 years.
"From 2009 until 2012, that was when I was formally diagnosed, but I had been suffering from it for quite a while. Lupus is unpredictable....it attacks different parts of your body", added Mashiyane.