Who We Are Lupus Columbia SC is based in Columbia, South Carolina. Local support group meetings are free and open to the public. Our mission is to support success while living with lupus through community awareness and advocacy in Columbia and its surrounding areas.
What Is Lupus? Systemic lupus erythematosus (S.L.E.), commonly called lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect virtually any organ of the body. In lupus, the body's immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission. Because its symptoms come and go and mimic those of other diseases, lupus is difficult to diagnose. There is no single laboratory test that can definitively prove that a person has this complex illness. More information can be found here at Could I Have Lupus.gov.
[Charity ID: P25708] Lupus Columbia SC's mission (501(c)(3) status pending) is to help improve the quality of life of people affected by lupus through support groups, education, advocacy, and awareness.