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First off, for those who are scratching their heads wondering if Lupus is a new brand of designer shoes, let’s set the record straight.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which, in non-doctor speak, means your body’s defence system gets a bit too enthusiastic and starts attacking itself. Imagine if your bodyguard started mistaking you for the paparazzi. Yikes, right?

Selena Gomez: A Warrior in Sparkly Armor

Lupus 101: What in the Glittery Galaxy is It?

Enter Selena Gomez an actress, singer, and autoimmune warrior princess. She’s been super open about her battle with Lupus, and, honey, she’s been through it all.

From intense treatments to a kidney transplant, she’s not just surviving; she’s thriving. But here’s the tea: despite her courage, she’s faced some pretty nasty fat shaming and criticism. As if dealing with Lupus wasn’t enough.

The Shame Game: Why Fat Shaming is So Not Cool

Now, onto a heavier note (pun intended), let’s talk about fat shaming. Some folks seem to think it’s their moral duty to comment on someone’s body size, especially if that someone is dealing with health issues. Let’s get one thing straight – body shaming is about as cool as a broken disco ball. It’s hurtful, unnecessary, and frankly, it’s got to stop. Our bodies are our business, thank you very much!

Lupus for Dummies: A Sparkly Simple Guide

Lupus 101: What in the Glittery Galaxy is It?
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 09: Selena Gomez performs on stage at Qudos Bank Arena on August 9, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

For my lovelies who want the sparknotes version of Lupus, here you go: It’s like your body is throwing a party and forgot it invited itself. Instead of grooving to the beat, it starts a food fight. Symptoms can range from fatigue and joint pain to severe organ damage – it’s a real mixed bag. Treatment often involves managing symptoms since there’s no cure yet. And just like any VIP party, everyone’s experience with Lupus is unique.

Lupus 101: What in the Glittery Galaxy is It?

What You Don’t See: The Invisible Battle

Here’s the thing: Lupus is often called an “invisible illness” because you can’t always see the symptoms. That person who parked in the disabled spot but looks fine? They might just be in the middle of a Lupus flare-up. So, before you judge, remember that everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Let’s be kind, mkay?

Lupus 101: What in the Glittery Galaxy is It?

A Shoutout to My Lupus Warriors

And to my fabulous friends and anyone out there rocking the Lupus life, you’re not alone. Whether you’re having a day where you’re glittering brighter than a disco ball or one where you can’t even get out of bed – you’re a superstar. Your strength is as dazzling as your spirit, and don’t you forget it.

So, to wrap this up with a bow and some glitter, Lupus is tough, but so are the people dealing with it, including our queen, Selena Gomez. It’s high time we swap fat shaming for support, education, and a whole lot of love. After all, in the wise words of a certain pop star, we’re all “Rare” and beautiful in our own way. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

Let’s keep the convo going – drop your thoughts, your stories, and your love in the comments below. Together, we’re unstoppable

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