Health Team

Raleigh father suffers from lupus

Posted April 27, 2010

— Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including skin, joints or organs. About 5 million people throughout the world have some form of lupus.

Eric Knight, 43, of Raleigh, is a stay-at-home father for his twin daughters. It's not the life he envisioned when he was accepted into the Police Academy in New York several years ago.

“After the first week of training is when I developed the blood clots. (That’s) when I was diagnosed,” Knight said.

The blood clots in Knight’s leg caused a pulmonary embolism that nearly killed him. The incident left him disabled.

“I think the biggest thing for me is just the chronic pain that I'm in daily,” Knight said.

The pain is mostly in his joints, and he suffers from frequent headaches and memory loss.

Knight has seen the symptoms of lupus before because the condition runs in his family.

“My older sister has lupus. My father and his brother both passed with lupus complications in their 40s. I have two cousins who've passed with lupus in their 20s,” he said.

The disease is most common among African-Americans and among women.

In some people, symptoms can grow worse and then improve, doctors said.

Knight takes 13 medications to keep the disease at bay, but there is no cure.


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  • clickclackity2 Apr 29, 2010

    I think this article is incomplete and should be alot more informative.

  • PJM Apr 29, 2010

    I will be praying for you and your family!

  • Malcontent Apr 28, 2010

    I just got over a big flare-up because of Lupus. Thankfully, I just have to take prednisone only during those bad flares and then taper off. Just what the Doctor ordered me to do. Most of my pain is the 'arthritic' type in my joints. It's not bad enough to keep me from doing daily chores. (yay!) But, I suffer it everyday. A great book for family/friends to read is: Lupus: Everything You Need To Know by Robert G. Lathita, M.D. and Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D. It helped my family understand a bit better. I hope the Dad hangs in there!

  • warrior Apr 27, 2010

    I agree with you about most people not recognizing what people go through daily who have lupus. I too suffer from lupus and it is so debilitating yet at the same time, I can look as normal (as I can look at normal lol). I hate it when I park in the handicap parking space and people look like what are you doing. But I know if I go into the store to shop, by the time I come out, I will be exhausted and walking to get to the car, I will be in excruciating pain and wil not have the energy to get to the car, drive home and get in my home. My looks surely can't explain this part of my disability. My prayers are with both of you. Bless you both on your journey

  • cgf150 Apr 27, 2010

    I don't think people realize the pain and mental anguish that a lupus patient goes through every day of their life. When people say "but you look so healthy" I feel like they think we are lying about how our health. As the old saying goes "walk a mile in my shoes" I wish I could walk a mile without spending the next day in bed from pain. My prayers are with you.