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World Lupus Day

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today is World Lupus Day. Help me support the Lupus Foundation of America and give $10 by texting LUPUS to 80888.

An estimated five million people worldwide and 1.5 million Americans are living with lupus, an unpredictable and sometime fatal disease. May 10th is World Lupus Day. Band Together with the Lupus Foundation of America to help fight lupus and support those who suffer from it.

Band together with the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) and organizations from around the world to help raise awareness of lupus and support those who suffer from it. Join Julian Lennon, Global Ambassador for the Lupus Foundation of America, pledge your support, and learn about the lupus awareness efforts occurring around the world at www.WorldLupusDay.org.

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.

Every day, more than 5 million people worldwide struggle with the often debilitating health consequences of lupus, a potentially fatal autoimmune disease capable of damaging virtually any part of the body, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.

About World Lupus Day

World Lupus Day began with a Proclamation 8 years ago by an international steering committee representing lupus organizations from 13 different nations when they met in Eaton, United Kingdom to organize the first observance of World Lupus Day. The Proclamation is a call to action for governments around the world to increase their financial support for lupus research, awareness and patient services.

The Proclamation reflects the emerging issues that people with lupus around the world must face every day. The Proclamation serves to give a single voice to all individuals affected by this devastating and debilitating chronic disease.






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