Friday, 10 May 2013
World Lupus Day
Lupus affects about 5 million people worldwide.
At least 10% of sufferers will die from it, although some sources estimate that at closer to 30%.
The rest of us will have times when we suffer so much from pain, fatigue, and any number of far more serious symptoms, that we just wish we were dead.
There is hope. In the last couple of years, the first drug specifically to treat lupus has been developed. (Until now, all lupus treatments were developed for other conditions.)
Researchers from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at Australian National University have recently discovered roquin, the gene behind lupus and other autoimmune conditions. This brings the possibility of a cure dramatically closer.
The tenth of May is World Lupus Day.
Today is a good time to take some time out to pray for those who have lost loved ones to lupus, to learn more about lupus and support those who are researching
And if you have the opportunity, please show a lupie some love.
To those readers who are lupies, I hope today is a special day for you. Remember you are not alone.