My Efforts To Spread Awareness

As you know, May is Lupus Awareness Month.  We all have unique ways to support and spread awareness.  I would like to share my advocacy efforts with you.  Everyday of the month I make sure to wear my purple awareness wristband.  I have also passed out over ten wristbands to friends and family.  I also wear my awareness ribbon dog tag as often as possible.  If you do not have any Lupus gear, get some.  At least get a purple or orange wristband.  I have both!!

What I did:
❃ I went to the Tigers baseball game on Monday May 10th, which was World Lupus Day.  I took my cure Lupus sign and waved it during the game.  I don't think that I got any TV airtime, but at least somebody saw it.  
❃ I attended the Lupus Alliance Health Fair and met other Lupus survivors and supporters.  I even got to meet one of my twitter buddies, who also works for the Alliance.  The Health Fair was informative and resourceful.
❃ I am in graduate school at Eastern Michigan University. I did a Lupus Awareness presentation in class.  I passed out information and discussed some of the key issues with Lupus.  It was surprising to me that a number of students knew someone that has Lupus, but still nobody knew exactly what Lupus is.  
I know I did not reach the entire world, but we have to spread awareness one person at a time.  My blog and social networking also serve as advocacy avenues. You are probably spreading awareness and you don't even know it.  Each person that learns about Lupus makes an impact. 

Simple things that you can do to spread awareness :
~ Wear a Lupus wristband or t-shirt
~ Put a Twibbon on your Facebook or Twitter profile picture
~ Mention Lupus on your social networking sites
~ Explain the illness to people whenever you get a chance
~ Become a member of organizations and use their resources
~ Share your story (email me if you would like to share)

You can make an impact!  Spread Awareness with me!!
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Cole said...

@SimmiSweet Awesome job girl! My Superpower for Lupus Awareness is behind my laptop! Typing faster than a speeding bullet..its SUPERPCDIVA!

Simmi said...

I love it Cole!! Let's do it!! Let me know if I can ever be of help. I got your back!!

fabladyH said...

lovely blog dear. I love the positive spirit, and the motto one person at a time. because thats all it takes to make an impact, telling one person, who tell the next and so the chain goes on. keep doing your thing and stay positive.xx
p.s, now u got me going to dig deeper into lupus. Am a medical student.

Simmi said...

Yeah I love to hear that. We need all the deep digging we can get. And thank you so much. If you find anything interesting please let me know. And lets keep the chain going!! Thank you so much for supporting lupus and our survivors. Oh and big thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Please send any interested parties my way :-)

Tiffany "Mariposa" said...

Awesome Simmi! I LOVE the waves you're making for Lupus! It's so vital and important to spread the word. People need to be made aware, and you're doing an awesome job at it! Keep it up :)

Anonymous said...

Fabulous....So glad to see others spreading the word....Keep it up!!!

Simmi said...

Thanks guys!! Your support means so much to me. Glad that you like it. You girls are doing great too, so ditto on the "Keep it up"!! *Kisses*

Petula said...

It's wonderful seeing words in action. Great work and that's for the encouragement to get involved and spread awareness.

Risma Hutabarat said...

Actually, I'm one of those who completely don't understand what Lupus is, Simmi. And I'm glad that you tell me more about this illness and I support you also. We may live in different part of this globe since I stay in Indonesia, but I was so inspired by your blog and thank you so much for visiting my blog, so that I can find you and your inspiring blog here. Keep it up, Simmi..

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