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World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

It's time to raise awareness and support those living with autoimmune arthritis on World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. Join us in making a difference!
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Get ready to raise awareness and support for those living with autoimmune arthritis on World Autoimmune Arthritis Day on May 20! This global event was established in 2012 to educate the public about the prevalence and impact of autoimmune arthritis, which affects millions of people worldwide. It's a day to show your support for loved ones battling this condition, as well as to celebrate their strength and resilience. So let's come together and spread positivity and understanding on this special day!

History of World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Autoimmune Concept Accepted</div><div class='timeline-text'>The medical community began to widely accept the concept of autoimmunity, acknowledging that the immune system can target the body's own cells.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Disease Classification</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arthritis was classified as an autoimmune disorder, with rheumatoid arthritis being the most common type of autoimmune arthritis.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Biologic Drugs Emergence</div><div class='timeline-text'>Biologic drugs, used to treat autoimmune arthritis, gained FDA approval, offering new treatment approaches.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Founding of WAAD Organization</div><div class='timeline-text'>The international organization World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (WAAD) was founded to raise global awareness about autoimmune arthritis.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Official Recognition of WAAD</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Autoimmune Arthritis Day was recognized officially for the first time on May 20th to spread awareness and knowledge.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Events Era</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Autoimmune Arthritis Day events moved virtually, enabling wider global participation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Raise awareness on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information and personal stories about autoimmune arthritis on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Use hashtags like #WorldAutoimmuneArthritisDay and #ArthritisAwareness to spread the word.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a charity walk or run</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations host walks or runs to raise money for autoimmune arthritis research. Sign up to participate and encourage friends and family to join you or donate to the cause.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend an educational event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for events in your community that educate about autoimmune arthritis and its impact. Attend a seminar, workshop, or support group meeting to learn more and connect with others affected by the disease.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraising event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends and family to host a fundraising event, such as a bake sale, silent auction, or dinner party. Donate the proceeds to a reputable organization that supports autoimmune arthritis research and advocacy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear blue in support</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Blue is the official color of World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. Show your support by wearing blue clothing or accessories, and encourage others to do the same. This can also serve as a conversation starter to educate others about the disease.</p></div></div>

Why World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness for a common condition</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Autoimmune arthritis affects millions of people worldwide, and yet many individuals are unaware of its existence. World Autoimmune Arthritis Day serves as an important opportunity to educate the public about this chronic condition and how it impacts those who have it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It provides support for those living with the disease</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Living with autoimmune arthritis can be challenging, and World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is a chance for patients to come together and find support in each other. This day serves as a reminder that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is a strong community standing behind them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes research and advocacy efforts</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By bringing attention to autoimmune arthritis, this annual day also helps to spur research and advocacy efforts in finding better treatments, education, and resources for those affected by the disease. It's an important step towards improving the lives of those with autoimmune arthritis.</p></div></div>

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World Autoimmune Arthritis Day FAQs

When is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day?

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is celebrated on May 20 every year. In 2024 World Autoimmune Arthritis Day will occur on a Monday.

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