Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May is Lupus Awareness Month

Directors of Health Promotion and Education

May is Lupus Awareness Month

May is Lupus Awareness Month and you can take action in the fight against this cruel and mysterious disease. Lupus is an autoimmune illness that strikes without warning, has unpredictable, sometimes fatal effects, lasts a lifetime, and has no known cause and no known cure. It is pervasive and affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States. Despite its prevalence, nearly two thirds of the public know little or nothing about it. 

DHPE Lupus Education and Awareness Program (LEAP) will host a free lupus webinar entitled, ‘Patient Perspective: Living with Lupus’ from 2:00 PM3:00 PM EST on Tuesday, May 10th. In Observance of National Women’s Health Week, Hetlena Johnson, Lupus Patient Chief Volunteer Officer South Carolina Lupus Foundation of America, will serve as the presenter.

The webinar will provide a patient perspective on living with lupus, discuss how lupus affects the quality of life of someone diagnosed, and explore possible solutions to how a lupus patient can live successfully while living with lupus.All participants may earn 1 CHES Credit.  Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3046280901342774019. (Copy and paste into browser if link does not work)

May 10th is World Lupus Day! You are invited to participate in the World Lupus Day Twitter Chat at #Monarcas Lupus Chat at Noon on CST that is hosted by Northwestern University. Then, ten days latercelebrate Put on Purple Day on May 20th by wearing purple and asking your colleagues to do the same. Take a pic of your team in purple and post it to social media with hashtag #dhpePOP and #dhpelupus

Join DHPE LEAP and the Lupus Foundation of America to learn what you can do to help and take action by visiting www.bit.ly/dhpelupus and lupus.org/awareness.  Use #dhpelupus and #LupusAwarenessMonth to contribute to the lupus awareness conversation on social media.

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