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Old 04-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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What is Lupus?
Lupus is an auto-immune disease. When I say immune, I mean as in your "immune system". You probably all know that your immune system is what fights off diseases and bacteria. However, an auto-immune disease is the opposite of this. This means that your body becomes "confused", and your immune system fight your OWN body, and starts to destroy tissues from the inside. This is very painful (DUH!).

Lupus is acquired through genetics. 90% of lupus patients are women. It also occurs more commonly in African-Americans and Asians than whites or other nationalities.
Even if you were born with lupus, you may never have any symptoms. Lupus is triggered through an emotional or stressful event.
Symptoms vary widely, between rashes, constant joint pains, mood swings, and extreme sleepiness and exhaustion.

Scientists don't know much about lupus, and 80% of the public does not even know what lupus is.
I find this very disheartening, as it is more common than some types of cancer.
My math teacher passed away from this disease, and ever since I have been trying to get the word out. To help you understand the symptoms better, I'm including a few personal memories.
The first year I knew her, she was gone for over 3/4 of the year, because she was too weak to do anything. The second year, her classroom was moved from the second floor to the first floor because she couldn't climb the stairs. During classes with her, she often had a temper.

For another personal account from our very own WI member kathstew, check out this thread:
Lupus - The Disease I Live With

You can also check out more information at the official Lupus Foundation site:
Lupus Foundation of America

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I would like to suggest to Ganz that they make a lupus awareness pet. On the link to the thread above (The one by kathstew, not the Lupus Foundation) she talks about her struggle with Ganz and how they refused to make a lupus awareness campaign in October, although they did one for breast cancer awareness. You see, lupus awareness month was originally in October as well. However, they changed it because people were too busy caring about breast cancer awareness to even know lupus existed. I believe that if enough of us support lupus awareness, Ganz can't just ignore us. Even if they refuse to support lupus, we still do and that's what matters.

Without further ado, our Lupus Awareness Webkinz pets.

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Spread the word about lupus!
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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I definitely support your idea! Thank you for sharing your idea and thanks to all the members who provided ideas of possible pets, PSIs and PSFs
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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These are such wonderful ideas!
Thank you to every WI member who contributed to raising awareness!
It is an honor to support this.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:44 PM   #4
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Jenn approves LOL
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #5
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This would be wonderful! I both have a Violetwing Butterfly, and a scoliosis brace with purple butterflies on it (I originally just thought it would be really cute, but now I realize that it can have a deeper meaning ).

I love these ideas for pets! I'd totally buy some. Especially the Lightning Bug!
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
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Very wonderful ideas! It touches me to see everyone's enthusiasm at raising awareness, I definitely support all of these ideas!
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:55 PM   #7
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What a fantastic idea! I don't know very much about Lupus, but I think it could be the next fundraising campaign. Also more people will know about it too! I say that perhaps October could be Breast Cancer Awareness AND Lupus Awareness month.

Is there a symbol for Lupus? Maybe that could be incorporated into the Webkinz pet itself, whatever that may be.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:25 PM   #8
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All those look awesome!! That would be so cool for like disease awareness pets.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:45 PM   #9
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great ideas!
i love the lupus greyhound!
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:48 PM   #10
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AAWW The greyhound..AHEM....the LUPUS Greyhound is ADORABLE!!!! Ganz SHOULD make these. but you know, they always want to get their own ideas. but you never know!
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