World Lupus Day, 10 May

Imagine being bothered by sunlight, being covered in a rash, suffering from fatigue, having mouth sores, and dealing with kidney and joint problems, as well as experiencing substantial hair loss and swelling of the lymph nodes. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Well, it is kind of awful, actually, for the many people who deal with symptoms of lupus each and every day.

World Lupus Day was created to help the world understand that this seemingly random grab bag of symptoms is actually a debilitating, chronic autoimmune disease that is suffered by approximately 5 million people worldwide, with 1.5 million of them living in the United States alone.

In short, lupus causes the immune system to become overactive, creating antibodies that attack healthy tissue causing pain, inflammation and damage in a given part of the body. Although lupus can be fatal, there is currently no known cure.

Sadly, a large majority of people have little to no idea about lupus, often confusing it with arthritis, a much less serious disease. Many people have no idea lupus even exists until they themselves or somebody they know is diagnosed with it.

This is the problem World Lupus Day was created to combat, and now it’s time to learn more about this difficult disease and then share it with others in honor of the day!

History of World Lupus Day

World Lupus Day was created by Lupus Canada in 2004 to raise awareness of this little-known disease that can have devastating effects on sufferers and their families.

Ultimately, it was organized by lupus organizations from thirteen different countries, who called for their governments to increase funding for research, provide better patient services, increase epidemiological data and raise awareness. 

In the years since then, the day has been observed in an increasing number of countries in most of the continents all over the world, in Africa, Asia, Australia, North & South Americas, and Europe.

One high profile supporter of World Lupus Day is musician and philanthropist Julian Lennon who is a Global Ambassador (and also the son of John Lennon, of Beatles fame).

Other celebrities who have made sizable contributions to the Lupus Association of America are Daniel Radcliffe, Lady Gaga and Ian Harding.

With Agency Report