Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues, which can cause inflammation and damage in any part of the body. I drew a chart of how lupus and the condition caused by lupus affect my body. Not all of these are present every day and they can all appear with varying degrees of severity. Some have environmental triggers (hot weather) or get worse with stress or not taking as good of care of myself (not getting enough sleep, eating poorly or not enough). I am not looking for sympathy; these are facts that I live with. Also, no two lupus patients are alike because it affects everyone differently.