There is an adage that says, ‘you see my glory but you don’t know my story’ … it is a saying that can be used in many situations … but this evening we use it in our story of Lupus; a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Arlette Gomez who works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was diagnosed ten years ago with the disease and with today being World Lupus Day, she shared her experiences with us as a way of encouraging support for those who are diagnosed and to bring more awareness on the disease.
Gomez says there is currently an association that lends support to those who have been diagnosed and she encourages others to come on board.
Lupus is a difficult disease to diagnose and even after one is diagnosed in Belize, there remains the issue of the absence of a specialist to attend to those patients. Gomez spoke on how the illness is managed by those affected.
Gomez went on with an appeal to the family members, colleagues and employers when it comes to dealing with Lupus victims.
A solidarity march is set for Belize City, Belmopan and Orange Walk on Saturday, May 14.