Once again, May has been designated Lupus Awareness ACTION Month - a time to bring awareness to this horrible autoimmune disease that affects the lives of millions. Even with the growing Hollywood spotlight on Lupus (thanks to Snoop Dogg as his precious little girl has lupus), there are still millions of people out there who have never heard of lupus. And this is NOT okay.
Hopefully, this month can produce the awareness and education, which produces support and donations, which funds research to find more effective medication at maintaining lupus, or even better, CURING lupus.
Sounds simple right? Kinda...Awareness only works if we actually start that discussion about lupus.
How can we start that discussion? you might ask.
May 16 is "Put On Purple Day." I'll be wearing purple and so will my friends, my family, and my coworker who knows. They will tell their friends, their family, and their coworkers to wear purple on May 16. Their family, their friends, and their coworkers will ask "Why? What does purple mean?" And TA-DA! Discussion started.
Awareness doesn't mean expertise. I'm not asking a lot from you who may be reading this.
I just want you to know that lupus exists and oftentimes it hurts. Lupus is not typically something you can "see" in a lupus patient. Lupus patients are often told "you don't look sick" by those that don't understand. We need to stop this ignorance.
If this post is all you read then I'm okay with it. At least you know it exists. If you got this far into this blog post, thank you.
And if you want to be an even greater super star, check out the links below to learn more.
Lupus Awareness ACTION Month
What is lupus?
Frequently Asked Questions About Lupus
Lastly, please don't forget to PUT ON PURPLE on May 16. If that's all you can do, that'll make my heart happy.