Last year I was aided in my touring by a nice man called Stewart Osbourne.
He helped get me a couple of valued shows during a tour that was seeming to go from bad to worse.
Upon meeting himself and his lovely wife Carol I had my first introduction to someone with the illness Lupus.
System Lupus Erythematosus – “Lupus” – is a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease in which the sufferer’s immune system “goes wrong”: becomes over-active, and starts attacking the body’s own cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
It can affect any organ of the body but most frequently it damages the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system and it is now recognised as one of the most important and common illnesses of modern times.
Unfortunately symptoms are frequently seen in association with other diseases – indeed Lupus is one of a group of conditions known as “the great imitators” because it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses.
Lupus Fest is an annual music-based charity event taking place in Weymouth, Dorset 7th – 9th October 2011, entry is free and and the event is intended to raise awareness and research funds for the auto-immune disorder SLE Lupus and the associated blood-clotting disorder Hughes Syndrome.
It’s a pleasure to be involved in the event Which will be held At the Kings Club in Weymouth.
I’ll be playing on the Sunday in the afternoon.