Monday, April 30, 2012

Lupus Awareness Month

Happy Lupus Awareness Month!

This month, it will be a year since all this Lupus stuff started happening to me. It seems so ironic that I would get my first major Lupus symptom during Lupus awareness month. And my story shows just how unaware everyone is of this disease. Even during Lupus awareness month, when people should know then more than ever about it, could no one figure out what was wrong with me.

Let's Recap.
What is Lupus? Well, according to the Lupus Foundation of America, "Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body". This means it is an ongoing thing. Something went wrong with my immune system and decided that my body is the enemy. It can no longer tell who the bad guys are and who are the good guys. Anyone can get Lupus, but it affects mostly women (like me) who are Black or Hispanic (not like me). Most people get it during their childbearing years (this is for the guys too, even though they don't bear children).

There are approximately 1.5 million Americans and approximately 5 million people worldwide who have Lupus. So why is Lupus only heard of in "House" episodes? Well, it's a woman's disease. It affects men less than women, so less research is done on it. Also, it isn't nearly as fatal as other health problems (like breast cancer). And we don't always look sick. We look healthy.

How Can You Help?
There will be plenty of ways this month you can help, especially on World Lupus Day (May 10th). I have a donation page with the Lupus Foundation that you can go to and donate. Tell a friend about Lupus. Buy a Lupus Awareness Shirt. Wear purple on May 10th to show your support. Do something! Silence will no longer be accepted.

Some Great Links:
Donate to the Lupus Foundation of America
Buy Purple Lupus Wristbands!
Buy a "Conquer Lupus" Shirt
Or click on the Important Links page and get your knowledge on!

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