Today, Lupus Organizations come together to recognize World Lupus Day. Lupus is a chronic disease that presents as various symptoms, triggered by systemic inflammation. It affects an estimated 1 in 1000 Canadians. Often, lupus can be difficult to diagnose as its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments (i.e. allergies, etc.). Because of this, one may not realize that the symptoms they’re experiencing could be lupus. Those who are at greatest risk for lupus know little to nothing about the disease – which means it’s all that more important to raise disease awareness!
World Lupus Day focuses on the need for heightened awareness, increased research efforts and improved patient healthcare services. This year, over 30 Canadian landmarks will be illuminated in purple across Canada. If you see a landmark illuminated in purple, please take a photo, share on social media and tag @LupusCanada. For more details, visit https://www.lupuscanada.org/world-lupus-day/