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Come Join Our Blog Tour

Hello

We are hosting a massive blog tour for Kathi Barton author of the Aaron’s Kiss Series.  She has been generous enough to offer 5 prizes to the readers.

Prizes: 5 winners: Pictures below

Two gift cards: One  $50.00 to Amazon

One  $50.00 to B & N

One tote with 3 books

Two extra totes.

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The blog tour will start April 22nd and will run until May 22nd.  If we receive more entries for the blog tour we will extened a few weeks out.

 The tour will me Monday – Friday only.  We will offer Guest post, and please leave a topic idea on form; book feature, top 10 list and possibly a review of book 12 Blood of Our Son which the series is stand alone.

Genre:

Fiction / Romance / Paranormal

Blood of Our Son Blurb:

Mac McManus has everything going for him, but he doesn’t see it that way. All he sees is his limitations. Like his father, Aaron, he is a vampire—forced into the darkness and to sustain himself on blood. He hates himself for what he has become and would rather meet the sun than remain immortal as a vampire or drink from another. It’s not anything he wants his family to know about.

He strikes a bargain with his aunt, the Queen, to get what he wants—an end to his suffering. In the bargain he must save a woman, his mate, from another vampire, Zachariah Roberts, a murdering fiend that has been plaguing Mac’s dreams since he turned. But the woman he must save, the one the Queen is making him save has turned out to be more than he bargained for. More than he ever wanted.

Brandi Daniel, Andi to her friends, has been on the run for years. Never staying in any one place long, she has managed to stay just one step ahead of her step-father—a cruel man with a nasty temper. Andi has a talent of her own. She can move things with her mind and her step-father thinks he can sell her to a science lab for a quick buck.

Andi is caught squatting on Bradley Wolf’s land and is given an ultimatum. She can work off the debt or spend a few days in jail. She figures she’ll make a quick buck and leave before her step-father finds her. She has learned to rely only on herself and isn’t bargaining for a gorgeous overbearing vampire, Mac, stepping in and dictating her every move. A man who can and will fulfill her every fantasy and desire…

Mac’s dreams of Zachariah have gotten worse and he knows that Andi is foretold to be one of his victims, but the danged woman won’t stay put. The entire Kiss is banding together to keep Andi safe and it pisses her off in the process. Will an entire Kiss of vampires and an entire pack of werewolves be enough to protect one stubborn human? Has Mac found a new purpose in life? Will either of them live long enough to find out?

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Thank you so much

 

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New Banner for AWAKENS/The Sleeper

Solease M Barner, Romance Author

Hello Readers, I want to get your opinion on the new banner for
The Secrets of the Ghosts Trilogy mystery books. I think it
looks great, but would like your thoughts as well.
I also want you all to know that the Giveaway will include
great prizes, such as Amazon Gift Cards, B&N Gift cards and sense,
there are some many ladies in the books I had to place Victories
Secret apart. I’m still putting it together and look forward to
releasing “AWAKENS” to you!

Solease

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New winner’s announced 3-26-13

hello everyone you have 24 hours to claim prize if not I will not choose another winner it will just be done .. here goes

Nancy Crocker you have won an ebook of this please send me your email address and tell me kindle or nook.. contact me here or thur facebook or denisek319@yahoo.com

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Lucy Wright won winner’s choice of one of CC Mackenzie books  please send me your email address and tell me kindle or nook.. contact me here or thur facebook or denisek319@yahoo.comImage 

 

 Mayas Sanders won an e book  copy of Image

 please send me your email address and tell me kindle or nook.. contact me here or thur facebook or denisek319@yahoo.com

 

have a great day 

 

 

BLOG TOUR: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder – Review & Giveaway

Book Reader Chronicles

FALLING INTO YOU

by Jasinda Wilder

Read below for my review & giveaway

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Blurb

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She…

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Winner’s announced from lupus giveaway 3-24-13

good morning here are the winner’s and their prizes

winner

Joni Payne Heart necklace please pm me your address thur facebook or thur denisek319@yahoo.com

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next winner is Jennifer Zorko- Legan she won the Paper back novel please pm your address

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Nancy Crocker you won a  e book  of this please pm your email address to me  at denisek319@yahoo.com or thur facebook  also is that for nook or kindle ??

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The winners of CC Mackenzie book winners choice is Ginny LaMere and Mayas  Sanders  please pm your email address thur facebook  or denisek319@yahoo.com    for nook or kindle ???

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The winners for ebook of this tile from Author Solease is   Jane Bowan, Kathy Alp, Lucy Wright and Diana Tan Barros  please pm your

email address thur facebook or thur  denisek319@yahoo.com  this is only available thur amazon

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The winner of the ring is Annie N Ray please pm me your address thur facebook or thur denisek319@yahoo.com

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Winner of  this sign is Kathi Barton

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Last winner is Teresa Oslck Allhouse  is she is a winner of this sign , please pm your address thur facebook or thur denisek319@yahoo.com

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Me and Author Solease Barnes would like to thank everyone who came out for this event and our hopes is that you have learned some information on or about Lupus ..  congrt’s to all the winners Denise , Solease..

There are three ways to contact me you can leave your info on this blog or thur facebook or thur contacting thur ,my email  is denisek319@yahoo.com

having faith while having lupus

good morning,

When dealing with dis-ease it is different than dealing with tribulations and persecutions. The Bible says that we will suffer persecution and that we will endure hardships. (Matthew 5:11-12) But I found that by dealing with our own heart condition and developing a strong and intimate relationship with God, it will increase our faith and build a trust that says, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15).

We will be victorious “in” our trials, and once we have come out of them (because the Lord says he delivers us out of all our troubles – (Psalm 34:17) we won’t even smell like smoke! (Daniel 3:23-27)

Behind every health issue and every emotional or spiritual problem resides the “Spirit of Fear.” The Spirit of Fear is the Devil’s faith working in people by using lies to control them. And if we dwell on those lies long enough, we will begin to believe them, thus resulting in responding to them which can lead to all kinds of problems. We need to discover the root behind our problems. 

The things that we experience may be a manifestation of a root. (Refer to the teaching on Fear) But thank God, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and the Truth that sets us free! (Romans 7:24-25, 8:2) He gives us His mind (I Cor. 2:16). He gives us the power to cast down all imaginations and lies. (II Cor. 10:5) We need to discover what our weapons are to cast out the lies from our minds. (Ephesians 6:14) The Bible says that the Devil is the father of lies! (John 8:44) So we need to learn more about Truth so we can discern the lies and get rid of them. As we get closer to our Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus, we shall “know” the truth that sets us free. If we stay in fear, we are not made perfect in Love, and it’s the love that casts out all fear – God’s love. (I John 4:18) we are not living in truth (faith), and long-term fear could manifest all sorts of problems – physically, mentally and spiritually. (Proverbs 26:2)

Restoring you to our Heavenly Father is our main concern. It’s vital to every believer whether or not they have a dis-ease. Revelation 2:4-5 tells us of a church that did so many wonderful things but they lacked in the area of the “Love of God.” Having our relationship restored to God is the firststep that opens to us the truth that sets us free. The closer we get to our Heavenly Father the more light is shed on our heart, and the more light that is shed on our heart the more “junk” is exposed that are not of Him. People don’t understand their part in all this. Jeremiah 5:25 says it’s our sins and iniquities that prevent good things from happening to us. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge. Isaiah 59:1-2 says to Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear; but our iniquities have separated between us and our God, and our sins have hid His face from us, that He will not hear.

When dealing with dis-ease it is different than dealing with tribulations and persecutions. The Bible says that we will suffer persecution and that we will endure hardships. (Matthew 5:11-12) But I found that by dealing with our own heart condition and developing a strong and intimate relationship with God, it will increase our faith and build a trust that says, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15).

We will be victorious “in” our trials, and once we have come out of them (because the Lord says he delivers us out of all our troubles – (Psalm 34:17) we won’t even smell like smoke! (Daniel 3:23-27)

Behind every health issue and every emotional or spiritual problem resides the “Spirit of Fear.” The Spirit of Fear is the Devil’s faith working in people by using lies to control them. And if we dwell on those lies long enough, we will begin to believe them, thus resulting in responding to them which can lead to all kinds of problems. We need to discover the root behind our problems. 

The things that we experience may be a manifestation of a root. (Refer to the teaching on Fear) But thank God, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and the Truth that sets us free! (Romans 7:24-25, 8:2) He gives us His mind (I Cor. 2:16). He gives us the power to cast down all imaginations and lies. (II Cor. 10:5) We need to discover what our weapons are to cast out the lies from our minds. (Ephesians 6:14) The Bible says that the Devil is the father of lies! (John 8:44) So we need to learn more about Truth so we can discern the lies and get rid of them. As we get closer to our Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus, we shall “know” the truth that sets us free. If we stay in fear, we are not made perfect in Love, and it’s the love that casts out all fear – God’s love. (I John 4:18) we are not living in truth (faith), and long-term fear could manifest all sorts of problems – physically, mentally and spiritually. (Proverbs 26:2)

Restoring you to our Heavenly Father is our main concern. It’s vital to every believer whether or not they have a dis-ease. Revelation 2:4-5 tells us of a church that did so many wonderful things but they lacked in the area of the “Love of God.” Having our relationship restored to God is the firststep that opens to us the truth that sets us free. The closer we get to our Heavenly Father the more light is shed on our heart, and the more light that is shed on our heart the more “junk” is exposed that are not of Him. People don’t understand their part in all this. Jeremiah 5:25 says it’s our sins and iniquities that prevent good things from happening to us. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge. Isaiah 59:1-2 says to Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear; but our iniquities have separated between us and our God, and our sins have hid His face from us, that He will not hear. 

God can do anything, but He doesn’t go against His own Word. If He sees something in us that has to go, He will cause it to be brought out into the light, and only does this for our good. Not to make us feel bad, but to show us what he wants purged. Then as it’s brought out into the light, we confess it to Him through Jesus who has carried all our sins on the cross and washes us clean. When we are clean, then we can have fellowship with God. He demands holiness, and He sees us through the Blood that Jesus gave on the cross for us. This happens immediately when we receive Christ as Savior, however, many believers forget that and live as though they haven’t been forgiven. (II Peter 1:9). This ministry is here to help you remember so that you can find your peace and freedom – again.

Many of our dis-eases are being used by God to bring to surface what is in our hearts. But let me say this very clearly, God did not give you a dis-ease. The dis-ease is the manifestation from a heart condition. Just as a fever is an indication that something is amiss in our bodies. These are warning signs. And we can either cooperate with God and deal with what was exposed or fight Him all the way. “Come let us reason together says the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) God already knows our heart, it’s no surprise what is there. We’re the ones who are surprised by what is there, and sometimes shocked! But as they come to the surface, don’t run, don’t hide in the bushes like Adam did. Come to Him as a child to their father, and confess them to Him, recieve forgiveness and be made clean and transparent before him. David sinned, but he was known as a man after God’s own heart. Why? Because he was truthful with God, He came to him and confessed his sin before him. The Lord delights in those who walk in truth! (III John 4)

We have designed this website to impart knowledge so that you have what you need to “know” the Love of Christ, the you will be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19). We start in the area of Relationships. Even the 10 commandments reflect this. The first 4 commandments are about relationship with God, the last 6 are relationship with others. Jesus summed it up in Matthew 22:38-40. “We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind… and love others as we love ourself.” As we get in line with the Word of God about relationships, the chemicals in our bodies begin to balance out resulting in homeostasis (balanced chemicals in the body). It’s the unbalanced chemicals in the body that makes us sick. We even say that today, “My chemicals are out of balance.” And that is very true. But the real truth is our bodies have the correct amount of chemicals to produce perfect health.

Diseases that are incurable, etiology unknown or there is no cure, may constitute a spiritually rooted disease – a disease that comes from our heart condition. (Some dis-eases are passed down through the generations, and those dis-eases derived from someone in your generations that had spiritual issues.) Dis-eases start at a breakdown with someone in relationship. If you have a dis-ease, ask God where your relationship breach is. You may even have a relationship breach with yourself! Matthew 22:38-40 states that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and love our neighbor as ourself upon this hang all the laws and the prophets. In otherwords, when we keep this commandment we fullfill all the law! If we restore those areas of relationship that are not perfected in love, I can guarantee you, you will find your peace. Peace produces homeostasis that can produce good health. You do not need to know the “root” of a disease to find peace, I’ve found that by restoring our relationships with God, self and others, produces better health to deal with the dis-ease you may have.

Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crone’s Disease, and other white corpuscle-deviate behavior. (The manifestations of self-hatred, self-guilt, self-conflict, self-rejection, self-bitterness, self-conflict, etc.) As the person attacks himself spiritually, the body attacks the body physically, and the enemy joins in. When we attack ourselves with self-hate and bitterness, we are giving the white corpuscles permission to attack us as well, and giving the enemy permission to do the same!

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I hope everyone has a great Saturday, and remember sunday ends our giveaway so make sure you have entered , Denise

Lupus/Solease story continues

When lupus attacked my body it hit the kidneys pretty hard. In the beginning the doctors were hopeful that my kidneys would start back functioning after the lupus got under control. When they could not get the lupus under control I was told the only solution was to do chemotherapy. I did 9 months of chemotherapy. It was the worst. I knew I needed a kidney transplant but, my heart was not strong enough to survive the surgery. The doctors came up with the only solution they could think of ….do them both at the same time. I said NO!! I knew the risk of heart transplants and to do both a kidney and heart during the same surgery for a very sick person like me at the time was a more risk. I just knew if I got the kidney my heart would began to heal. Dialysis pulls on your heart so if you have a disease that attacks the heart and your on a machine which is pulling on the heart failure is going to happen. I took the risk that if I got a kidney my heart would heal. On Feb, 28 2000 I received my first kidney from my mother. My heart began to heal and have came back to normal AMAZING!! Life was looking good.

In 2005 my kidney function was not doing great and I had a couple of flares which damaged the kidneys. These flares would cause my  medication to have to rise. When I was told I had toxemia. I did not know I would lose my kidney. In 2009 the news came down that my kidney was not going to last it could last another 2 years. I had a flare that summer and I went back in the hospital around Oct. 2009 and started dialysis again in Nov. 2009. In 2010 my sister gave me a kidney on Feb. 24, 2009.  MIRACLE!!

This is the clean version of my story, but I want you to know that Lupus can be devastating and I can truly say prayer and love got me through the roughest times for me.  I tell my story to give people hope not to discourage them. I want people to know you can have a good life and don’t stop fighting for a good life. I only tell my story to encourage others. I want others to know they too are stronger that what they may know. Always believe in the power of miracles they happen everyday I know because I’m a miracle.

Solease

Lupus how it affects our bodies

Morning everyone , 

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any part of your body, most often your joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, or brain.

Your heart, blood vessels, and lungs make up your cardiovascular/pulmonary network: “cardio” refers to the heart, “vascular” refers to the arteries, veins, and capillaries, and “pulmonary” refers to the lungs. Your blood circulates through this vast system, transporting oxygen and other elements needed for your cells and tissues to function properly. Cardiologists are the physicians who specialize in the heart. Pulmonologists are the physicians who specialize in the lungs.

The Heart

Heart disease is a major complication of lupus and is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus. Blood tests, chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG), or an echocardiogram may be used to find out if you have a heart condition caused by lupus.

Pericarditis

The most common way that lupus affects the heart is through inflammation of the pericardium, the sac that surrounds your heart. The symptoms of pericarditis that you may experience are sharp pain in your chest and, occasionally, shortness of breath. Pericar-ditis usually does not damage your heart’s ability to function because it does not directly involve the heart tissue. However, inflammation that is chronic (long-lasting) can scar the heart tissue, which can interfere with the heart’s ability to pump blood.

Myocarditis

Lupus can cause inflammation of the myocardium, the muscle tissue of your heart. The symptoms are chest pain and an unexplained rapid or irregular heart beat. Myocarditis is often seen when there is inflammation in other muscles in the body.

However, myocarditis can be caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Because lupus itself creates an added risk for developing infections — especially if you are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs — you are at increased risk for this type of myocarditis.

Though serious heart muscle disease is not commonly caused by lupus, heart failure can occur if your heart does not have the strength to pump enough blood to the different tissues and organs.

Endocarditis

The endocardium is the tissue that lines the inner walls of your heart and the valves that separate the heart’s different chambers. Lupus can cause inflammation of the endocardium. Lupus endocarditis usually causes the surfaces of the heart valve to thicken or develop wart-like growths (lesions). These lesions can become infected, a condition called bacterial endocarditis. A lesion also could break off and travel to the brain to form a blood clot. Both of these possibilities are potentially very dangerous.

Coronary Artery Disease

The coronary arteries move blood to and from your heart. Over time, fatty molecules and other materials may attach to the walls of these blood vessels and form plaque, which makes the blood vessels narrower and restricts blood flow. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. A decrease in blood flow can cause angina (chest pain). However, if the blood flow to your heart is interrupted — either by plaque or by a blood clot that develops when plaque breaks off — you could be at risk for a heart attack.

When you have lupus you are at increased risk for coronary artery disease. This is partly because people with lupus have more risk factors, which may include:

  • hypertension from kidney disease or corticosteroid use
  • elevatedcholesterol levelsfrom corticosteroid use
  • type 2diabetesfrom corticosteroid use
  • an inactive, sedentary lifestyle due to fatigue, joint problems, and/or muscle pain
  • However, even after taking these risk factors into account, people with lupus are more likely to develop atherosclerosis. You can help reduce your chances of heart attacks and other complications from coronary artery disease in several ways:
    • control the risk factors
    • control the lupus disease activity
    • talk to your doctor about reducing or stopping your corticosteroid use

    Blood

    Blood is made up of many different parts, but those that are most often affected by lupus are the red blood cells, the white blood cells, and the platelets.

    Anemia

    Anemia occurs when not enough oxygen is transported to the tissues in your body. There are several possible causes for this:

    • too few red blood cells
    • not enough hemoglobin
    • not enough blood circulating in the body
    • In most cases, lupus-related anemia occurs because your body is not producing enough red blood cells. However, sometimes antibodies target healthy red blood cells for destruction. This condition is called hemolytic anemia, or simply hemolysis. Hemolysis can cause a yellowish color in your skin and eyes and is a serious condition.

      Anemia may also be caused by aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat lupus. These drugs can irritate the lining of your stomach, which may lead to bleeding and loss of red blood cells. Feeling very tired is the earliest and most common symptom of anemia.

      Leukopenia and Neutropenia

      If you have too few white blood cells in your body you may develop leukopenia and/or neutropenia (also called granulocytopenia). Both are common in people with active lupus. Low numbers of white blood cells may be due to an infection in your body, or due to certain drugs used to control lupus that work by suppressing your immune system.

      Thrombocytopenia

      If you have low platelet numbers you may develop thrombocytopenia. This condition is almost always caused by antibodies that attack and destroy healthy platelets. The symptoms of a low platelet count are bruising, nosebleeds, or the appearance of tiny red bleeding points in your skin (especially on your lower legs) called petechiae (pronounced pah-TEE-kee-eye). Although thrombocytopenia is common in lupus, serious bleeding usually does not occur.

    • Thrombosis

      The blood’s ability to form clots at the site of wounds is absolutely essential. Sometimes, unnecessary clots form inside the blood vessels and prevent the blood from circulating, a condition called thrombosis. If a thrombus, or blood clot, breaks off and travels through your blood, it is called an embolus or embolism.

      Thrombosis is a serious and frequent complication of lupus. A clot in the veins of the lower leg can make walking painful and difficult, and may also produce an embolism that travels up into another part of your body. A clot in the lungs can cause high blood pressure (hypertension). A clot in a blood vessel of the brain can cause a stroke. During pregnancy, blood clots can lodge in the placenta and disrupt nutrition to the fetus.

      Most blood clots in lupus are associated with antibodies in the blood to substances called phospholipids. People with lupus who have antiphospholipid antibodies are much more likely to have blood clotting problems.

    • The Circulatory System

      Inflammation in a small blood vessel like a capillary may cause that vessel to break and bleed inside the tissue. Inflammation that occurs in the skin may appear as a small red or purple dot. Inflammation that takes place in other tissues can be extremely serious, especially within the brain. Vasculitis is caused by inflammation of the blood vessel walls. The symptoms of lupus-induced vasculitis that you may experience can vary depending upon which tissues are involved, but may include:

      • fever
      • feeling ill
      • poor appetite
      • weight loss
      • headache
      • blurry vision
      • seizures
      • strokes
      • behavioral disturbances

      The Lungs and Pulmonary System

      Inflammation caused by lupus may affect the lungs in many ways, and can involve the membrane lining of the lungs, the lungs themselves, the blood vessels within the lungs, and the diaphragm.

    • Pleuritis

      The most common way that lupus can affect your lungs is through inflammation of the pleura, the lining that covers the outside of the lungs. The symptom of pleuritis that you may experience is severe, often sharp, stabbing pain in a specific area or areas of your chest. The pain, which is called pleurisy, is made worse when you take a deep breath, cough, sneeze, or laugh. You may also experience shortness of breath. Sometimes an abnormal amount of fluid will build up in the space between your lungs and your chest wall; when it leaks out it is called a pleural effusion. Pain from pleurisy, with or without effusions, is found in 40 to 60 percent of people with lupus.

      Pneumonitis

      The term for inflammation within the lung tissue is pneumonitis. The symptoms of pneumonitis that you may experience are fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, and cough. An infection caused by bacteria, virus, or fungi is the most common cause of pneumonitis.

      Chronic Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease

      When inflammation in the lungs is chronic, it can cause scarring. This scar tissue can prevent oxygen from moving easily from your lungs into your blood and may cause diffuse (widespread) interstitial lung disease. The symptoms that you may experience include a chronic dry cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing during physical activity.

    • Pulmonary Emboli

      Blood clots that block the arteries leading to the lungs are called pulmonary emboli. These blood clots will cause chest pain and shortness of breath, but can also lead to a decrease in oxygen flow in your lungs. You are at increased risk for pulmonary emboli if you have antiphospholipid antibodies, vascular damage, and/or an inactive lifestyle.

      Related Information

      15 Questions with Dr. Patricia Eshagian – “Take a Deep Breath” – Pulmonary Issues and Lupus

      15 Questions with Dr. Kao – Cardiovascular Issues with Lupus

      Resources

      Platelet Disorder Support Association

    •  Thanks  , remember giveaway ends sunday , Denise
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lupus info on the brain 3-19-13

Good morning , today is my birthday i made it another year …. Today ‘s info is Lupus on the Brain …

Why is the brain important in lupus? 

Lupus involvement of the brain or central nervous system (CNS) is important because it occurs so frequently and shows up in many different ways. Also, other conditions and diseases can mimic central nervous systems lupus, so precise diagnosis is both critical and difficult. The unique challenges of lupus and the brain test the patience of the patient, the support of family and friends, and the skill of the doctor. Happily, most patients with CNS lupus respond to the different treatments that are available. 
How commonly does lupus affect the brain?

Many studies have shown that about half of patients with lupus develop brain involvement. For example, the late Mary Betty Stevens found that 37 percent of the patients studied during 1970-1975 and 52 percent of the patients studied during 1970-1975 and 52 percent of patients evaluated from 1980-1984 experienced nervous system disease caused by lupus. Although CNS disease can develop at anytime, the most frequent time of onset is in the first year of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients who do not have CNS disease in the first year or two are less likely to ever develop brain disease. 
What type of problems are caused? 

One of the most striking features of SLE is the many different ways it can affect the brain. In most studies, depression, organic brain syndrome, and other psychiatric problems are the most common manifestations of CNS lupus. The cause of depression can be difficult to discern. In some people depression may be the temporary consequence of demoralizing circumstances. In other people depression appears to result from a direct effect of lupus on the brain. Organic brain syndrome is the label used to describe patients who have important impairments in their ability to think or to analyze problems. For example, Sheila’s inability to solve simple math problems indicated that she had developed an organic brain syndrome. Hallucinations, such as Sheila also experienced are another common psychiatric manifestation of lupus and the brain. Other neurological consequences of SLE can be seizures, strokes, balance problems, visual abnormalities, movement disorders, and spinal cord inflammation. Almost no patient with neurological disease develops all of these different manifestations. But most patients do present with more than one neurological problem. On this point Sheila was typical in that she suffered not only from seizures but also from hallucinations and an organic brain syndrome.
How does lupus cause these neurological symptoms?

Several mechanisms appear to be important. Some neurological problems are caused by inflammation around or in the blood vessels (vasculitis). An abnormal tendency in lupus to form blood clots accounts for some of the strokes which occur. Antibodies that attack the brain itself may be responsible for some of the other neurological manifestations.
How does the doctor determine that a neurological problem is caused by lupus?

The diagnosis of CNS lupus can be difficult and often requires the doctor to use many different types of information and tests. First, the doctor looks for other evidence of SLE, since most patients with CNS disease have active disease elsewhere in the body. For example, Sheila had active skin and joint disease from SLE. And her blood and urine tests showed she also had a low platelet count and protein in the urine. The presence of active SLE in other organs makes it more likely that any new neurological symptom is caused by lupus. Second, the doctor considers the type of brain problems the patient has. Some problems, such as the seizures, hallucinations, and organic brain syndrome are very common in SLE. Third, the doctor will use laboratory tests to make sure the neurological problems do not have another cause. Infections, reactions to medications, kidney failure, and severe hypertension are among the illnesses that can affect the brain and mimic CNS lupus. The diagnostic process may require the patient to undergo blood tests, CAT scans or MRIs of the brain, and spinal fluid analysis. All of this information helps the doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
How is CNS disease treated?

The treatment depends in part on what problems the patient has. Patients suffering seizures will respond, in part, to anticonvulsants. Other patients who develop strokes because of an abnormal tendency to form blood clots will need anticoagulants. Most patients will also need medications like prednisone or Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) to diminish the immune system’s attack on the brain and the rest of the body. 
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