Ways to Spread the Word about Lupus

The month of May is Lupus Awareness Month and Wednesday is the 1st of the month-OR MAYDAY! There are lots of lupus awareness raising events, not the least of which is the Walk for Lupus on the 18th and on Friday WEGO Health is sponsoring a lupus roundtable.

What can the average person with lupus do to raise awareness? For starters, have you seen the sides of this page, what color predominates? Yes, you’ve got it: POP (Put On Purple). For the ladies, a bit of lavender eye shadow dolls it up nicely!

I’ve linked to a few sites that have purple lupus paraphernalia at the right side, but two events bear mentioning up front: The Walk for Lupus on the 18th and this Friday’s (May 4), Wego Heallth lupus roundtable. For further information click on the link for Wego Health or The Lupus Foundation for America.

What can you do to further the awareness of lupus as a REAL disease, that has REAL consequences? If you have a blog, which some of you may, you can write a few posts during the month about lupus. Or, tell friends on Facebook how lupus has affected your life and the lives of others around you?  It is so important to emphasize, not only the physical toll that is exacted, but the financial devastation and emotional toll, strained relationships.

Besides telling/writing, you can raise awareness by TALKING about the illness. Due to the popularity of the internet and ease of accessing information, a mention of lupus and a few reliable research sites goes a long way. The Lupus Foundation of America and The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation maintain websites with reliable information about lupus.

Shy about asking people to donate money? On May 10, you see one of the logos I have on the right of this page, is to BAND TOGETHER FOR LUPUS AWARENESS. What exactly does that mean? On May 10, WORLD LUPUS DAY, text the word, LUPUS to 80888. When you receive the word YES,  you’ll be confirming to a gift. Then, text 10 people about lupus and it’s side effects. Then ask each person to donate $10 to the Lupus Foundation of America. This texting propagates and before you know it…

You can also send an eCard by filling out this form: http://donate.lupus.org/site/Ecard?ecard_id=1461&pw_id=1921 These are things to do on May 10th. During the rest of the month, there will be posts on other awareness-raising activities.

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