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The brave songstress, with her mother (right) and sisters by her side, revealed during the luncheon that she’s been struggling with lupus, an autoimmune disease.

“Today I’m going to talk about it because I’m a survivor and I’m here, and I don’t want to lose hope. Take a look — this is what lupus looks like,” Braxton said.

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“Take a look, this is what lupus looks like,” the six-time Grammy winner said with her mother and sisters at her side.

Her admission to suffering from lupus is just the latest in a series of health problems for Braxton. In 2004, Braxton revealed that she suffered from pericarditis, an inflamation of the lining of the heart. Four years later in 2008, she had a benign tumor removed from one of her breasts. Later that year she was diagnosed with microvascular angina, small vessel disease.

Lupus is a potentially deadly illness that affects 53 out of every 100,000 people in the United States, and affects more women than men at a rate of nearly 9 to 1.

Lady Gaga recently revealed that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus. Michael Jackson and J. Dilla also suffered from lupus.

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