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Toni Braxton Hospitalized

My Lupus Flared Up, But I'm OK

1/12/2012 2:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
was transported to an L.A. hospital this week after experiencing some painful "flare ups" stemming from her Lupus condition ... but the singer tells us she'll be "totally fine."

Braxton tells TMZ, "I wanted to say thanks to all my fans for their support, as I have been experiencing some flare ups with my Lupus which has me in the hospital for a few days."

She adds, "I wanted to clear the record before rumors started, and will totally be fine as I'm blessed to having an amazing family for support."

Braxton first opened up about her struggle with the disease last year -- and has been very active in raising awareness about the condition.

Lupus is a condition in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, the heart and lungs.

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sandy nieves    

Thank you Toni for be vocal about your lupus and bringing more public awareness to this mysterious disease. My daughter was diagnosed with SLE Lupus back in 2007. This past January I was able to donate one of my kidneys to her. Her kidneys failed her back in April of last year and she was on dialysis. Meeting her you would never imagine she was as sick as she was but she has a great spirit and positive attitude. She doing well today but she will always have that disease. It's a real and frighting. I wish you the best and Godspeed and that you continue bringing awareness to this S.O.B of a disease.

961 days ago
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casie    

A cold is slow killer fool it's all about how you take care of yourself.

904 days ago
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