(ABC) -Lupus is a common disease that can be life changing for people who are diagnosed with it.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, women are 10 times more likely to have lupus than men.
Seven years ago, Angela Williams was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease lupus.
"It's a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin and the joints of our body mainly. It can affect any part of our body unfortunately from head to toe. It can affect our brain," explained Dr. Javeria Bhawal, a rheumatologist.
The disease affected Angela's muscles, kidneys and cognitive ability. It became so debilitating that she could not walk, but she fought back with medication and a positive attitude.
"Literally, my goal before my birthday was to learn how to swim and I did it and it was amazing," Williams said.
That includes staying active, and in fact, Angela hasn't had a major flare up since she was diagnosed.
"I look back on my life and in 2009 I was lying in a bed, I couldn't walk, I didn't know the word apple. I mean that was how impaired my cognitive ability was. So for me, to go from there to where I am now, I mean in my opinion it's a miracle," Williams said.
The onset of lupus typically occurs in people who are in their 20s and 30s, and it's more common in certain ethnic groups according to the American College of Rheumatology.
They have a website where you can read more about lupus at rheumatology.org.
In other health news, March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Duncan and Altus are offering free colon cancer screening kits through the end of the month. Visit any of the three locations to pick yours up or inquire about all of your screening options.
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