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Em Aglipay Villar shares whats it really like to have lupus

For people with auto-immune diseases,COVID-19 adds new layers of fear and difficulty.

With husband Mark Villar testing positive for COVID-19, Justice Undersecretary Em Aglipay’s battle with lupus has been extra challenging.

Lupus is a chronic long-termdisease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body.

“I am having a #lupus flare now. It isn’t obvious because there are minimal observable manifestations and based on my activities it doesn’t seem like I am sick. I don’t let it affect me, the things I want to do and my happiness.

The flare was triggered by an episode of stomach flu that I had two months ago. It took Mark a day to recover from the stomach flu without any medication. It took me a week in bed as well as intravenous fluids, intravenous medication and antobiotics and up to now I am still experiencing the consequences. It has caused my immune system to attack my own body—my hair, skin, joints, and blood. Thank God my kidneys were spared because I was able to get timely medical attention.

The doctors increased the dosage of my immunosppressant medicine to clam down my immune system and provide some relief.

Unfortunately, Mark turned out positive for COVID. 🙁 This means my immune system can’t be so low. I have to have something to defend myself so I won’t get infected. Thank God I did not get infected and I pray to God to continue to provide protection to all of us.

It’s a hard balancing act. The treatment for lupus is to suppress the immune system, but then I have to strengthen the immune system to defend myself against COVID.

I am showing this to all of you so that those going through the same challenges would know they are not alone. I am still able to live a happy and full life and so can you! Just focus on the many positive things in life. Do things that make you happy. Spend time with people you love. Share your blessings. Share your time and talents. Make others happy. 😊

I am making the most out of this quarantine time and out of this life that the Lord has blessed me with. I have been cooking, working from home, baking, dancing, praying, drawing, working out, practicing yoga, sleeping, spending a lot of quality time with Emma and Mark. And I am truly happy. 😊The physical things I am feeling and going through don’t get me down because my heart that is filed with love, peace and gratitude always lifts me higher and higher. 🙏🏻

May you feel the light in me and the love I offer to you.

#lupusawareness,” said @emaglipayvillar.

Keep the strong spirit alive, Em!

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I am having a #lupus flare now. It isn’t obvious because there are minimal observable manifestations and based on my activities it doesn’t seem like I am sick. I don’t let it affect me, the things I want to do and my happiness. The flare was triggered by an episode of stomach flu that I had two months ago. It took Mark a day to recover from the stomach flu without any medication. It took me a week in bed as well as intravenous fluids, intravenous medication and antobiotics and up to now I am still experiencing the consequences. It has caused my immune system to attack my own body—my hair, skin, joints, and blood. Thank God my kidneys were spared because I was able to get timely medical attention. The doctors increased the dosage of my immunosppressant medicine to clam down my immune system and provide some relief. Unfortunately, Mark turned out positive for COVID. 🙁 This means my immune system can’t be so low. I have to have something to defend myself so I won’t get infected. Thank God I did not get infected and I pray to God to continue to provide protection to all of us. It’s a hard balancing act. The treatment for lupus is to suppress the immune system, but then I have to strengthen the immune system to defend myself against COVID. I am showing this to all of you so that those going through the same challenges would know they are not alone. I am still able to live a happy and full life and so can you! Just focus on the many positive things in life. Do things that make you happy. Spend time with people you love. Share your blessings. Share your time and talents. Make others happy. 😊 I am making the most out of this quarantine time and out of this life that the Lord has blessed me with. I have been cooking, working from home, baking, dancing, praying, drawing, working out, practicing yoga, sleeping, spending a lot of quality time with Emma and Mark. And I am truly happy. 😊The physical things I am feeling and going through don’t get me down because my heart that is filed with love, peace and gratitude always lifts me higher and higher. 🙏🏻 May you feel the light in me and the love I offer to you. #lupusawareness

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