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World Lupus Day

Join the fight against lupus and raise awareness on World Lupus Day. Let's find a cure for this complex autoimmune disease together!
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Get ready to show your support for those living with lupus on World Lupus Day on May 10! This international day was established in 2004 by the Lupus Foundation of America, and is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research and education about this chronic autoimmune disease. The date, May 10, was chosen to honor the birthday of British musician and actress Selena Gomez, who has been open about her struggles with lupus. So let's come together on this special day to spread positivity and understanding towards those affected by lupus.

History of World Lupus Day

World Lupus Day Dates

World Lupus Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1828</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lupus Defined Clinically</div><div class='timeline-text'>French dermatologist Pierre Cazenave was the first to define lupus clinically, describing its classic skin manifestations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Discovery of Lupus Nephritis</div><div class='timeline-text'>The involvement of kidneys in lupus patients (lupus nephritis) was first established by pathologists at the Mayo Clinic.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Development of Lupus Drug</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cortisone was introduced as an effective treatment for lupus, marking significant progress in the management of the disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Lupus Foundation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) was established to provide support, educate the public and fund lupus research.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Lupus Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first World Lupus Day was observed, dedicated to raising awareness and funds towards lupus research and education.</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'>Approval of Benlysta</div><div class='timeline-text'>Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Benlysta, the first new lupus drug in 50 years, marking a major milestone in lupus treatment.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Lupus 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'>Start a fundraising campaign</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Raise awareness and funds for lupus by starting a fundraising campaign. You can do this through online platforms or by organizing an event in your community.</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'>Wear purple</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Purple is the color associated with lupus awareness. Show your support by wearing purple clothes, accessories, or even dyeing your hair purple for the day.</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 a lupus walk or run</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many organizations host lupus walks or runs on World Lupus Day. Participate in one of these events to raise awareness and show support for those living with lupus.</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 lupus information session</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize an information session about lupus for your friends, family, or community. This is a great way to educate people about the disease and how they can support those living with it.</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'>Share your story on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to share your personal experience with lupus and spread awareness. You can also use hashtags like #WorldLupusDay and #LupusAwareness to join the conversation online.</p></div></div>

Why World Lupus 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</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Lupus Day is an important opportunity to educate the public about this chronic autoimmune disease. By raising awareness, we can help people understand what lupus is and the impact it has on those who live with it every day.</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 promotes research and funding</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Lupus Day also serves as a reminder of the need for continued research and funding for treatments and a cure. This disease can be debilitating and more research is needed to improve the lives of those living with lupus.</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 provides support for patients</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For those living with lupus, World Lupus Day can offer a sense of community and support among others who understand the challenges of managing the disease. It's important to come together and show solidarity for those affected by lupus.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts for World Lupus Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus predominantly affects women</h3><p class='facts-text'>Around 90% of people diagnosed with lupus are women, especially those of childbearing age. However, lupus does not discriminate, and can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, or race.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are different forms of lupus</h3><p class='facts-text'>There are four different forms of lupus: systemic lupus erythematosus, cutaneous lupus, drug-induced lupus, and neonatal lupus. Each type has distinct symptoms but all are serious and require medical attention.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus can be difficult to diagnose</h3><p class='facts-text'>Lupus is known as "the great imitator" because its symptoms often mimic those of other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. It can take several years and numerous doctor visits for someone to receive a correct diagnosis.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening</h3><p class='facts-text'>Lupus can be very unpredictable and range from mild to life-threatening. While some people may experience only a few mild symptoms, others may have serious, even life-threatening complications.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lupus affects the immune system</h3><p class='facts-text'>Lupus is an autoimmune disease. The immune system in those with lupus does not function properly and attacks healthy cells and tissues, causing inflammation, damage, and pain in different parts of the body.</p></div></div>

World Lupus Day FAQs

When is World Lupus Day?

World Lupus Day is celebrated on May 10 every year. In 2024 World Lupus Day will occur on a Friday.

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