May is Lupus Awareness Month and although it isn’t an illness that has touched me and my family personally, but it is one that I have seen a couple of my friends hurt and affected by it severely. It is more severe and brutal than people think it is. There is a game on www.knowlupus.org that challenges you to test your knowledge, and for each time you complete a level the National Board Chairs family makes a donation towards Lupus research. Here are some surprising and hair raising facts I learned by playing
- Women make up about 90% of all those who suffer with Lupus. And develop symptoms between the ages of 15 and 44.
- It is called “The Cruel Mystery” because it comes out of nowhere has a range of symptoms and has not known cause or cure.
- The medications used to treat the disease can cause increased rates of heart disease, seizure, infection, and inflammation of the lungs.
- The beautiful purple butterfly that is used as a symbol is not because It’s pretty. See fact number 5
- About 30% of patients develop what is called a butterfly rash across the bridge of their nose.
I scored 56% on the first level of the game on www.knowlupus.org (Terrible score but I learned so much). I also learned that on average it takes about 6 years for a patient to be diagnosed once they have developed symptoms. That’s a long time. I want to encourage everyone to be aware play the game and know the facts.
~Elephant Hugs & Violet Kisses~