Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can affect many different parts of the body, such as the skin, joints and various organs. This happens when the body's immune system attacks its own tissue and organs, resulting in inflammation. It's a difficult disease to diagnose because symptoms vary significantly from person to person, and they often mimic other illnesses. Options for treatment are challenging given the lack of specific medicines to treat lupus and the side-effects of current medications.
Genetics has started to play an increasingly important role in medicine to understand disease characteristics and to develop new medicines. With your participation, we could provide insight as to why some people are more likely to get lupus, what triggers the onset of symptoms and why people respond differently to treatment options and drugs.
My amazing, brilliant, hilarious and beautiful sister Kari suffers from lupus. And she has tried multiple times to get involved in research. But each time, she gave up -- study participation would have required countless hours of driving and disrupted her life as much as the disease itself!
If you're eligible to participate, 23andMe will send you their DNA testing kit, which normally costs $99 for free. (Including shipping both ways.) AND they will pay you $50 for your time. AND you will be helping advance lupus research around the world.
This truly is one of the most exciting things ever. So if you have lupus, go ahead and click this button:
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