Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects all parts of the body. An autoimmune disease is when your body basically fights its own immune system and destroys healthy tissue. Lupus is a flare and remission disease, meaning that there are times when the disease is active and dehabilitating, flares, and times when it is not present in the body, remission. It can be very mild or very severe and affect any part of the body from the skin to the major organ systems. With proper management, Lupus can be controlled but is a disease that need to be taken seriously.