Today, the Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes is shining on Zandrea Bailey, sixth finisher in the Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) 2014 pageant.
When the 24-year-old graced the stage of MUJ 2014, nobody would have guessed she was battling a form of lupus called Systematic Lupus Erythematosus.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) occurs when the body’s immune system begins to malfunction and attack healthy tissue in various parts of the body, causing inflammation and damage. Tissues affected can include the skin, joints, muscles, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood vessels, and brain.
Zandrea’s introduction to lupus was at an early age, through her mother. Her mother has been living with Discoid Lupus for 23 years.
In 2011, Zandrea’s friends and family encouraged her to join the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant; however, she failed to make the final that year. Determined, she said:
Today, the Spotlight on Arthritis Superheroes is shining on an organization called Lupus Canada.
Lupus Canada is a website that offers resources and information about lupus to people living with lupus, their family and friends, health care professionals and the general public.
Lupus is the name given to a group of chronic immune diseases. It affects about 15,000 Canadians-approximately one in 2000. Lupus Canada wants to ensure that people living with lupus are living well. Like many other forms of arthritis, lupus occurs more commonly in women than in men-women develop lupus approximately ten times more often than men do. While it can strike at any age, it tends to occur most often between the ages of 15 and 45.
Early Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis: A Patient-Centered Research Study
Participate in this study to help develop and maintain a new equation for change in rheumatology
The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis (IFAA), with the help of the Spondylitis Association of America, Lupus UK, Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, and the International Still’s Disease Foundation, have created a study called the “Early Symptoms of Autoimmune Arthritis: A Patient-Centered Research Study”.
The purpose of the study is to develop and maintain a new equation for change in rheumatology. According to the research, early detection + early referrals + early diagnosis + early treatment = better chance to combat unnecessary, irreversible damage and elevate the chances for remission in autoimmune arthritis. The study hopes to address improper identification of early symptoms that may correlate with a delay in diagnosis.
JointHealth™ monthly – May, 2014: Three Women Who “Rock” Arthritis
Women and arthritis are strongly linked: Two out of three living with the disease are women; sixty percent of Canada’s medical students are women, and they will become doctors providing care to women with arthritis; women have led a number of significant advances in clinical arthritis research in Canada.
In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is proud to profile three women who “rock” the arthritis world. You will find the following interviews:
- Dr. Linda Li on arthritis knowledge and exercise in the digital age
- Dr. Janis McCaffrey on being a “Doctor Mom” living with lupus
- Dr. Julia Alleyne on sports and exercise
This issue’s “Health Happenings” highlights ACE’s latest initiative, Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis competition, and how your company can qualify for this award.
May 10 is World Lupus Day. According to the World Lupus Day website, an estimated 5 million people around the world have lupus – a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). The best way to help those living with lupus is to help raise worldwide recognition of lupus, to ensure earlier diagnosis, better treatments, and garner more support for people living with lupus.
In Canada, lupus affects about 15,000 Canadians-approximately one in 2000. Continue reading
PRECISION is a research study aimed at preventing complications from inflammatory skin, joint and bowel conditions. Researchers involved in the study include doctors from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. PRECISION was awarded Canadian Institute of Health Research’s “Team Grant: Health Challenges in Chronic Inflammation Initiative” grant. Continue reading