Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Revenge Of The "Lupies"

Sorry all, but this appears to be the day of rants.

Recently, I have seen the term “lupie” used a lot. This refers to people who have, what else… lupus.

Where did this term come from? (I don’t know)

If this is another invention of the medical profession, like “rhupus,” I hope they don’t think they are being cute!

To me, this term is demeaning. It seems to take away the seriousness of the illness. When I hear “lupie,” I think of “loopy,” and we can all venture to guess that, that is not a positive association.

And it’s not like there is a difference in the length of the word.

Instead of saying, “I have lupus”, you say, “I am a lupie” (heard loopy). But probably very few people will know what you are talking about when you say the latter (assuming that they understand the former any better).


  1. Thank you for that comment! I thought I was the only one bothered by that little name. It is hard enough to convince people I am actually sick but then to be called a "lupie" is just too much. I want others to be serious about this disease. They should be as serious as the pain and suffering it causes. There is nothing cute about it!

  2. Solaroil,

    You are so welcome. I'm glad someone else agrees with me on this. As always, thanks for reading!