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Lupus Heart


May 2nd-31st, 2019.




Agawam Public Library


Lynn Gagnon



"Lupus Heart," a papier mache peice created by The Pioneer Valley Lupus Support Group is currently on dispaly at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Coooper St. Agawam, as part of a Lupus Awareness project during the month of May. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy organs and tissues rather than destroy bacteria, viruses and other foreign invaders it’s meant to eliminate. Although there are several different types of lupus, the most common type is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE, or what we call lupus). SLE effects many parts of the body: heart, lungs, liver, skin, joints, kidneys, brain, nervous system and blood vessels. Lupus is an unpredictable disease with periods of illness in which one suffers from serious or minor flare ups, and periods of remission. It could be potentially fatal. Each support group participant in this project used colored tissue paper with wax and construction paper to try and express feeling sickly, distraught, and depression as lupus can do damage not only to the body but the soul as well. Also expressed are times of being pain free and happy. Along with this dynamic multi colored piece is detailed information on lupus and contact information for the Pioneer Valley Lupus Support Group.

download: ReminderLupusHeart.docx