May 10, 2012

May 10th 2012: Today is World Lupus Day

Today is World Lupus Day.

October used to be Lupus Awareness month, but I think Breast Cancer and all the Pink Foundations took a bit of attention away from Lupus, so they decided to move Lupus Awareness month to May and to have a World Lupus Day on May 10th. Good thinking! :)

Want to know more about Lupus? Here are some resources:

World Lupus Day
Julian Lennon is the Lupus Foundation of America Global Ambassador, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamond died of Lupus complications.

Lupus Foundation of America
Lots of information about Lupus and medical research. And this is their attempt at describing what Lupus is:

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation
New York based, plenty of local resources and even massage discounts!

U.S. National Library of Medicine - Lupus
Symptoms, Signs, Test and Treatment.

Diagnose Me
A different and interesting place to learn about Lupus.

Could I Have Lupus?
Could you have Lupus? Learn the symptoms!

Life with Lupus
Online Support Group.

And lastly, who better to explain to you what Lupus is than someone who has Lupus? Here are a few of the brave people that are sharing their painful journey with the world:

The Life of a 20 something with Lupus - Lupus in Bartlett - I Can't fit my Jeans! - Getting Closer to Myself - Despite Lupus - Kitty Cats Littertray - Tiffany and Lupus - Sometimes, it is Lupus

Sign the awareness pledge. Follow @worldlupusday on Twitter

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