May is Lupus Awareness Month
Did you know that May is Lupus Awareness Month and that May 10 is worldwide Lupus Awareness Day?
If you did, you are probably already working hard to spread awareness about this devastating auto-immune disease, that as of yet, has no cure. If you did not know about lupus or Lupus Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to help make a difference in the lives of those suffering with lupus, including their family, friends, and caregivers who have already joined in this fight. We want to support and encourage you in this endeavor!
We hope you will share images, facts, and resources with your family, friends, co-workers and social media circles during the entire month of May. Together we can make a difference by joining forces to educate the public and inform the medical community about this devastating disease. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with the tools and information you need to spread lupus awareness. Please join us in this mission.
How can you help spread lupus awareness?
1. The below images can be used to support your awareness efforts by posting to all of your social media platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.), emails, blogs, and newsletters. You can save them by right-clicking on the image and then choosing “save target as.”
2. You can let your social media circle know that it is Lupus Awareness Month by changing your Facebook profile picture for the entire month of May. The image below would make a great profile picture, so feel free to copy it for your own use.
3. Let people know that you support raising lupus awareness by updating your social media status regularly. Feel free to copy and paste any or all of the below messages, or even create one that is personal to you:
- I am joining Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus in raising lupus awareness- to learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Lupus is more common than cystic fibrosis, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis combined. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Lupus is a widespread and chronic autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues and organs, including joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, and skin. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Up to 1.5 million Americans are afflicted by some form of lupus, while more than five million people are known to be affected worldwide. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Lupus symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, rashes, hair loss, swollen glands, sensitivity to light, chest, muscle and joint pain, ulcers in the mouth or nose, and others. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Ninety percent of those afflicted with lupus are women between the ages of 15 and 45, and two-thirds of those are people of color. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
- Lupus is one of America’s least recognized major diseases. While lupus is widespread, awareness and accurate knowledge about it lags decades behind many other illnesses. To learn more about this devastating disease, please go to www.mollysfund.org
6. Our next event is Butterflies in the Park, a 3K walk for lupus awareness. Even if you are not in the Portland, Oregon area, you can participate by being a virtual walker for a tax-deductible donation of $5.00 that will go directly to support the programs and services at Molly’s Fund. Please post this image on your social media platforms!