Today is World Lupus Day!
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body, but most commonly affects the skin, joints and internal organs. Unfortunately, the cause of lupus has yet to be determined, and the initial signs and symptoms are no different from those of the full-blown disease.
Did you know?
Lupus primarily affects women of childbearing age, with 90% of individuals living with lupus being women
While those suffering from lupus can experience significant symptoms including extreme fatigue, hair loss, pain and cognitive issues, some individuals present no visible symptoms
1 in 3 lupus patients also suffer with multiple autoimmune diseases
World Lupus Month runs the full month of May to raise awareness around the disease. Check out a few ways you can get involved with these initiatives:
Host a virtual fundraiser or raise funds on Facebook
Wear purple on May 21st in honour of World Lupus Month
Post lupus fact(s) with your selfie or one of their awareness shareables on social media and include the hashtag #MakeLupusVisible
To learn more about World Lupus Day and the World Lupus Federation, visit www.worldlupusfederation.org.