Rina’s Story: ‘I Shaved My Head Because of Lupus’

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Lupus brings a lot symptoms and many side effects. Rashes, joint pain, fever, and hair loss are some of those symptoms and effects. Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a chronic autoimmune disease which means the patient’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Long-term inflammation and pain are common characteristics.

But why does lupus attack the immune system? Learn more about it here.

In this 2012 video, meet Rina Pierre. She’s a young woman who had been been living lupus for about five years before deciding to record the video. One of the symptoms that affected her was hair loss. Her hair started to fall out so much that she had to wear a wig to hide her scalp, which was balding in some parts.

When she decided she’d had enough of her ongoing hair loss, she made the drastic decision to shave her head. Watch this brave and inspirational video of Pierre sharing her life with lupus, what symptoms she suffers mostly with, how she addresses and adapts her life to live better with this condition — and she shaves her head.

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