(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – For many, the month of May is significant for a different reason– it’s Lupus Awareness Month.
It’s not too late to start a dialogue with others and bring awareness to a chronic disease that is often misunderstood.
Although a very serious and possibly debilitating condition, systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) is commonly referred to as an invisible disease, because patients often do not have any physical symptoms on the outside and can appear perfectly healthy during remission periods. You might even know someone living with lupus and have no idea.
If you do know someone who has been diagnosed with lupus, we encourage you not to be shy about starting a conversation with them. This is a great month to learn about their experience with this disease and to share it with others in your community. Some may be uncomfortable discussing their condition and that is perfectly alright, but for many it can be therapeutic to share their story.
Why Purple for Lupus Awareness Month?
As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, May is Lupus Awareness Month and there is a lot you can do to help! Lupus patients embody the meaning behind purple every day. They are inspiring individuals who, although they battle with such a cruel and mysterious disease, have such uplifting and gentle spirits. Their creativity and ambition help to motivate those around them to take action in the fight against lupus.
Are you wearing purple this Friday, May 18th? That’s right! This Friday is Put on Purple Day world-wide in honor of Lupus Awareness Month. Wear your favorite purple outfit proudly and go spread the word with friends, co-workers and family. Although May is coming to an end it is never too late to demonstrate your support and help promote awareness for lupus.
SLALA is also hosting its 3rd annual seminar on “Lupus Knows No Boundaries”, geared at educating and informing health professionals and the public on the many ways Lupus can affect the body, but also the many inter-professional disciplines which are involved in managing it. This year, we have contributions from a Pharmacist on medication adherence, Psychologist on Art and Healing, Dietician on the so-called “anti-inflammatory diet”, as well as Lupus in Pregnancy, the ways that Lupus can affect the Digestive tract, and Orthopedic complications of Lupus. This will be held at the Spartan Health Sciences University in Vieux-Fort on Saturday May 19th from 8am. We look forward to the public’s support as usual.
Every May, we at SLALA work effortlessly to spread lupus awareness, and we encourage you to join us this year! If you are interested in learning more about Lupus Awareness Month and ideas for POP for Lupus , we encourage you to visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St-Lucia-Arthritis-and-Lupus-Association-SLALA-.
Share your photos on our page using the hashtag #POPforLupus or email your photos to [email protected] Let’s Pump up the Purple, and POP for Lupus Awareness.