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Sandy Sharett of Hampton is one of about 55,000 Georgians who have lupus. “It’s not fun to deal with, but there’s life after lupus,” she says.

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Lupus sufferers live with pain but stay positive

Nobody’s sure what causes it, but lupus — a disease that puts its victim's immune system on overdrive — seems to run in families with autoimmune disorders. Eight in 10 sufferers are women, and it’s two to three times more prevalent among women of color.

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