May 16 Lupus Fact

BUTTERFLIES OF HOPE

FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME

LET THIS BUTTERFLY FLUTTER ALL OVER CYBERSPACE!

MAY 16 LUPUS FACT

There are 4 different forms of lupus

Systemic lupus accounts for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lupus. In approximately half of these cases, a major organ or tissue in the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, or brain will be affected.

Cutaneous lupus (affecting only the skin) accounts for approximately 10 percent of all lupus cases.

Drug-induced lupus accounts for about 10 percent of all lupus cases and is caused by high doses of certain medications. The symptoms of drug induced lupus are similar to systemic lupus; however, symptoms usually subside when the medications are discontinued.

Neonatal lupus is a rare condition in which the mother’s antibodies affect the fetus. At birth, the baby may have a skin rash, liver problems, or low blood cell counts, but these symptoms typically disappear completely after six months with no lasting effects.

This is your sixteenth butterfly of hope. We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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May 15 Lupus Fact

BUTTERFLIES OF HOPE

FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME

LET THIS BUTTERFLY FLUTTER ALL OVER CYBERSPACE!

MAY 15 LUPUS FACT

Photosensitivity, also known as sensitivity to sunlight, is a common symptom of lupus, as 40 to 70 percent of people find that ultraviolet (UV) rays worsen their symptoms and cause flare-ups. Photosensitivity can affect people with both cutaneous and systemic lupus, causing symptoms such as rashes, fever, fatigue and joint pain.

This is your fifteenth butterfly of hope. We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

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May 14 Lupus Fact

BUTTERFLIES OF HOPE

FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME

LET THIS BUTTERFLY FLUTTER ALL OVER CYBERSPACE!

MAY 14 LUPUS FACT

Living with a chronic illness like lupus can be incredibly challenging and taxing. Not just on your physical health, but on your mental and emotional health, too. It’s normal for a lupus warrior to struggle with feelings of grief, frustration, sadness or hopelessness after being diagnosed with a lifelong condition. Lupus can be unpredictable and its effects far-reaching, so when these feelings persist and a lupus warrior finds themselves struggling with anxiety or depression, they have to find ways to alleviate those feeling to know they are not alone in their fight. Many lupus warriors seek help in support groups, group and personal therapy as well as finding solace in sharing their stories with others.

This is your fourteenth butterfly of hope. We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusFacts

May 13 Lupus Fact

BUTTERFLIES OF HOPE

FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS ONE BUTTERFLY AT A TIME

LET THIS BUTTERFLY FLUTTER ALL OVER CYBERSPACE!

MAY 13 LUPUS FACT

Raynaud’s syndrome is a condition that affects circulation, causing decreased blood flow to the extremities (most commonly the fingers and toes). This can be triggered by several things, including cold weather and stress. Often the person’s fingers or toes will change colors due to the lack of blood flow, causing them to go white, red, blue or purple. Studies estimate that Raynaud’s occurs in up to one-third of people with lupus, usually resulting from inflammation of nerves or blood vessels.

This is your thirteenth butterfly of hope. We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusFacts

May 12 Lupus Fact

Butterflies of Hope
Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 12 Lupus Fact

Hair loss due to systemic lupus is known as “telogen effluvium” and is basically due to the insult of being very ill. Hair loss tends to be diffuse, however, it may be most pronounced around the front areas of the scalp. Patchy hair loss can also be the result of a flare-up in lupus disease activity. Hair typically grows back when lupus is well controlled or in a quiescence.

This is your twelfth butterfly of hope.
We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusFacts

May 11 Lupus Fact

Butterflies of Hope
Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 11 Lupus Fact

About 50 percent of people with lupus have antiphospholipid antibodies. Antiphospholipid antibodies interfere with the normal function of blood vessels and can lead to narrowing of the blood vessels or blood clots. These complications can lead to stroke, heart attack, and miscarriage.

This is your eleventh butterfly of hope.
We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusFacts

Faces of Lupus Episode 3

Lupus In Color 7th Annual Faces Of Lupus
Social Media Lupus Awareness Campaign

Every Tuesday and Friday in May we will show you the Faces of Lupus! Lupus affects individuals of virtually every age, race, ethnic background and socioeconomic status. Yet, some groups are notably affected with the disease. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women than in white women. It is also more frequent among women of Hispanic/Latina, Asian and Native American descent.

Often, you can look at a Lupus Warrior and never know they are fighting a bitter hard battle daily. It’s important to see the faces that can bear the pain within without showing it to everyone who they come in contact with without.

These are the Faces of Lupus from every walk of life fighting the same battle. Supporting one another in the battle for their lives.

These are the Faces of Lupus, they are brave, courageous and strong!

#LupusInColor #FacesOfLupus #FlightoftheButterflies #ButterfliesofHope #SpreadLupusAwareness

May 10 Lupus Fact World Lupus Day

Butterflies of Hope Flight of the Butterflies
Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time
Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 10 Lupus Fact

Imagine being bothered by sunlight, being covered in a rash, suffering fatigue, mouth sores, kidney and joint problems, as well as experiencing substantial hair loss and the swelling of lymph nodes.

Sounds awful, doesn’t it?

Today is World Lupus Day help us celebrate warriors and spread awareness. World Lupus Day was created to help all to understand that this seemingly random grab bag of symptoms is actually a life altering, debilitating, chronic autoimmune disease suffered by approximately 5 million people worldwide, with 1.5 million of them living in the United States alone.

In short, lupus causes the immune system to become overactive, creating antibodies that attack healthy tissue causing pain, inflammation and damage in any given part of the body. Unfortunately lupus can be fatal and there is currently no known cure.

Sadly, a large majority of people have little to no idea about lupus, often confusing it with other diseases since it mimics so many different illnesses. Many people have no idea lupus even exists until they themselves or somebody they know is diagnosed with it. This is the problem World Lupus Day was created to combat.

World Lupus Day was created by Lupus Canada in 2004 to raise awareness for lupus which can have devastating effects on lupus warriors and their families. It was organized by lupus organizations from thirteen countries, who called for their governments to increase funding for research, provide better patient services, increase epidemiological data and raise awareness.

This is your tenth butterfly of hope.
We need awareness and a cure!
Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness #LupusFacts

Faces of Lupus Episode 2

Lupus In Color 7th Annual Faces Of Lupus Social Media Lupus Awareness Campaign

Every Tuesday and Friday in May we will show you the Faces of Lupus! Lupus affects individuals of virtually every age, race, ethnic background and socioeconomic status. Yet, some groups are notably affected with the disease. Lupus is three times more common in African-American women than in white women. It is also more frequent among women of Hispanic/Latina, Asian and Native American descent.

Often, you can look at a Lupus Warrior and never know they are fighting a bitter hard battle daily. It’s important to see the faces that can bear the pain within without showing it to everyone who they come in contact with without.

These are the Faces of Lupus from every walk of life fighting the same battle. Supporting one another in the battle for their lives.

These are the Faces of Lupus, they are brave, courageous and strong!

#LupusInColor#FacesOfLupus#FlightoftheButterflies#ButterfliesofHope#SpreadLupusAwareness

Farrah McGhee Flight

THE 7TH ANNUAL FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES

Flight of the Butterflies is a lupus awareness campaign sharing stories of the brave lupus warriors. Many don’t understand lupus until they hear the walk of a warrior. Flight of the Butterflies is dedicated to sharing those Butterfly of Hope stories in May for lupus awareness month.

Flight of the Butterflies Begins…..

Flight of the Butterfly Farrah Mcghee

Lupus In Color is excited to present Farrah Mcghee’s story to the world. As a Lupus Warrior she is actively promoting lupus awareness and wearing the armor of strength in doing so.

Lupus In Color Salutes you Farrah Mcghee!

YOU ARE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, AMAZING and STRONG TO SHARE YOUR STORY.

YOUR BUTTERFLY WINGS ARE FLUTTERING, YOUR CHIN IS UP, YOUR ARMS ARE EXTENDED AND YOUR CHEST IS OUT! FLY ON BUTTERFLY!

FLY ON!

PLEASE SHARE Farrah Mcghee’s FLIGHT ON YOUR WALL AND START HER BUTTERFLY JOURNEY SPREADING LUPUS AWARENESS!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #Brave #Courageous #Strong #SpreadLupusAwareness