Let Me Show

Let Me Show is an application for tablets and smartphones designed to help Lupus patients better explain to their friends and family the way of life they had to adopt due to their diagnosis. It is built on the philosophy that words alone are often not enough to make others understand your message.

In essence, the app provides its user with a way to pick photos or images and arrange them in sets to be then used when telling a story. For example, this story may be explaining some aspects of life with the condition, or may clarify a situation that occurs due to Lupus and is being misunderstood by others . Let Me Show thus works as a visual assistant in the storytelling process, making patient’s messages more clear and more believable. The application is primarily meant to be used during a live conversation between two or more people. The fact that a story is made up of static images will keep the importance of conversation and eye contact between people.

Let Me Show also becomes an anonymous community of patients. They themselves may now use this app to learn more about their disease and see how others cope with symptoms and manage to live a life that has joyful and happy moments despite all the difficulties brought by the disease. Those without the condition but interested in learning about it may also do so with the help of this application.

Systemic lupus Erythematosus (SLE), also often called “Lupus”, is a non-contagious autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. “Lupus” is Latin for “wolf” and gives the name to the disease as one of its symptoms – erosive facial lesions – in the old days were reminiscent of a wolf’s bite. There is no clear understanding why it occurs, there is no cure – just means to alleviate symptoms. Lupus is much more prevalent in women – roughly 9 out of 10 patients are female, and the diagnosis usually comes between ages of 15 and 45, more often in 20’s.

Every patient is different in terms of which exact symptoms and how many of them are present and to which extent they make their presence felt. The most common symptoms are extreme fatigue, joint pains, skin rashes, sun sensitivity, migraines, cognitive dysfunction, but there are many others. Lupus is often confused with other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and Lyme disease, because their symptoms are so similar. And this is why many of the patients encounter lack of understanding and empathy. Their are often being thought of as lazy hypochondriacs, and are being misunderstood when they have to cancel appointments and meetings with friends due to the sudden fatigue symptoms. Many patients are tired of trying to explain that what they go through is not an ordinary illness and that their extreme fatigue, which is the most common symptom, is not the kind that can be cured by having extra sleep.