So, anyway, I started explaining what Lupus was to a friend last night. The conversation was, uhm, interesting to say the least.
"Did you find out what's wrong with you?"
"No, not yet. They took some blood and I have to go back for an ultrasound for my stomach."
"What did they take blood for?"
"To test for Lupus."
"Lupus? I've never heard of it, what is that?"
"It's just a thing, you know. It's an autoimmune deficiency thing."
"Autoimmune deficiency thing..." Silence... "They think you have AIDS?"
"What? No, they think I have Lupus."
"But you said it's an autoimmune deficiency thing."
"Autoimmune deficiency is AIDS!"
"No, autoimmune deficiency syndrome is AIDS. Lupus is not AIDS. It's just a thing."
"But it's like AIDS?"
"How can it be 'sort of' like AIDS? Are you going to die?"
"No, I'm not going to die. And it's like AIDS in the fact that your immune system doesn't work right. You get sick easily and then your body basically attacks itself because it can't differentiate between your good cells and the invading ones."
"So it's just like AIDS."
The rest of the conversation is here. And I highly suggest you check it out because the end line is the best part after all of this.
Quoted with permission.