Toni Braxton is a fighter of Lupus

Singer Toni Braxton has Lupus which is also called SLE or systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus causes the immune system to attack blood cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage that can affect the heart, lungs, skin, joints, kidneys and brain.

"I decided to come forward because I got tired of pretending. I got tired of hiding it. It was challenging masking it all the time, pretending that I feel great and I was actually feeling horrible."

On November 18, 2010, Braxton told CBS News that she had been diagnosed with Lupus a potentially life threatening autoimmune disease. Braxton's brother is a carrier of the disease, and her uncle died of complications from lupus. In December 2012 Toni was in hospital due to health issues related to lupus.

Find out more about Lupus including common symptoms, the different kinds of Lupus,What Causes Lupus, How it is diagnosed and treated in this very thorough article from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

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