By Emma Raeburn Anderson
Glasgow gamer, Abby Louise at Lupie Warrior Gaming, is currently on her second 12-hour live stream in order to raise money and awareness for Lupus.
Lupus is a long-term condition which causes skin rashes, joint pain, and tiredness.
There is no cure however treatment can help dramatically if started early.
She explained on her stream today that she always had to explain why she “had a red face or couldn’t walk up the stairs at school”.
Lupus.org. the official charity for Lupus, advises: “Lupus is now recognised as an important illness of modern times.
“It is a disease in which the immune system goes ‘wrong’ and becomes overactive.”
Abby says: “It was World Lupus Day, [Monday 10th May] and due to shielding I haven’t had a chance to do much charity work.
“So, I thought why not use my platform and gain awareness for Lupus.
“Lupus is difficult, living with arthritis and fatigue is the worst but we have good days and bad days.
“[We] keep our smiles on our faces and we will do great!”
Abby has had to shield right through lockdown and has not been able to continue expanding her photography business.
She found a new passion through gaming: “Streaming is great!
“I feel it has built my confidence so much higher than it was before.
“I’ve only been streaming since January and hit 800 followers which is crazy, but I love what I do.”
Many big names also live with the condition, including singers Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon, and Toni Braxton as told by HealthLine.
Selena Gomez, who is a big inspiration to Abby, revealed her journey on an Instagram post stating: “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus…It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
NHS UK advises: “Lupus, also called systemic lupus erythematosus, is not always easy to diagnose because it can be similar to other conditions.
Symptoms include inflammation of different parts of the body including the lungs, heart, liver, joints and kidneys.”
Abby will be streaming until 9pm tonight, Tuesday 11 May, to raise as much awareness and money as possible for the cause.
If you would like to donate to Lupus’s research, you can find Abby’s Just Giving link here.
Abby’s Facebook gaming page is here.