Lupus is a major autoimmune disease affecting millions of people across the world. If you have this condition, or know someone who has, then this book is essential reading. Talking About Lupus is packed with accessible up-to-the-minute information and advice which will give you and your family new hope, as well as providing the tools you need to cope with this disease. This groundbreaking book takes a personal approach to lupus. Dr Graham Hughes, one of the world's leading experts on lupus, and journalist, broadcaster and lupus sufferer Triona Holden use patients' own stories to illustrate the broad spectrum of the disease. Medical issues - from symptoms and diagnosis to treatment and prognosis - are discussed in simple easily understood language. You will learn: What lupus is and how to live with it; How to approach the medical profession and what to ask; Which symptoms could mean you have lupus; Which drugs and treatments are used, and what they do; All about alternative treatments - what works for others; How lupus sufferers manage their disease.
My first home was a lunatic asylum on the outskirts of Glasgow. An appropriate beginning for the nutty life I have led.
Today I am an artist/broadcaster/author. Yesterday I was an author and broadcaster, and the yesterday before that I was simply a broadcaster.
A huge chunk of my working life was as a correspondent and presenter for the BBC. I used to appear regularly on TV and Radio from far flung places. I covered wars, famines, disasters, hijackings, politics and other major historical events. I made documentaries about environmental issues and investigative programmes.
I used to present the main news on BBC 1.
All this came to an abrupt and painful end when I fell ill with a condition called SLE, or Lupus. I almost died a few times, actually this is an unfortunate trick I keep repeating. Thankfully I have a fabulous support network who keep me out of the wooden box.
Forced to reconsider and reconfigure my life, I spent the time trapped in bed learning how to paint and writing about my condition. This led to a fabulous discovery - I appear to be able to string words together and put images on paper. I have had a number of books published, medical and historical. I have just completed my first fictional novel, it is a bit racy but what the hell!
Last year I graduated from Chelsea College with a BA in Fine Art. I have shown work in Tate Modern and at galleries across London. I have sold a surprising amount of work and am currently wrestling with two commissions.
At the end of 2011 we moved out of London, I live with my wonderful husband Dr Ian Palmer, Prof of Military Psychiatry. Somehow we managed to upsize into the most amazing Edwardian seaside residence in Whitstable, Kent. I am having a professional studio built at the end of the garden and am planning a scarily high profile show in April 2013.
Love and words