Your Immune System, Autoimmune Diseases and Coronavirus
Some indicators of lupus include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs.
Crohn’s is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases that causes inflammation and ulcers in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
For the past six years, Melodie Narain Blackwell has been dealing with the affects of Crohn’s disease. Initially, she had various symptoms and agonizing pain that doctors could not identify, including bleeding from her colon. After constantly being misdiagnosed, she become seriously ill and required surgery. After her second surgery, she finally received a correct diagnosis. Now, in her late 30s, Melodie is an advocate for Crohn’s and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
She educates the minority community about this often mis-diagnosed illness, especially with women of color.
Research shows that millions of African Americans are diagnosed with Crohn’s, however, African-Americans have been underrepresented in most large Crohn’s disease trials. Melodie understands how important being healthy is to her survival. Having a strong immune system, getting her rest, exercise, and her relationship with God are the keys to her successful existence with an autoimmune disease.