Today, while Google Blog searching “lupus,” the 1st page of results listed a post titled “Lupus?” on the blog “A Place for My Stuff.”
Don’s interesting and humorous blog takes a tougue-in-cheek stab at the picture of a lupus awareness billboard on display in Indianapolis, and contrasts it with a picture of Hugh Laurie and the statement “No. It’s never Lupus.” made on the TV show “House.”
Totally unable to resist, my comment with a referral to the Lupus Foundation of America’s site was added before leaving his blog. The temptation was just way too great not to respond to the obvious humor and irony expressed there! http://actionskeptics.blogspot.com/2011/01/lupus.html
So, what was the comment?
“Dr.” House is no different than the rest of the medical community in having a hard time recognizing Lupus in a patient. Whether in jest or not, raising Lupus awareness is really important, and it usually takes several doctors and several years. One TV show just isn’t long enough, don’t anybody blame House. I like him.
Approximately 1 out of every 150 people have some form of lupus, and 135 of those are women.
Lupus is potentially life threatening and a leading cause of kidney failure, and is more prevalent and severe in women of color. Early diagnosis and treatment raises quality of life and lowers mortality.
For authoritative info about Lupus, I suggest the Lupus Foundation of America’s site:
Thanks for your part in helping raising Lupus awareness, whether intended or not, and your excellent sense of humor expressed on the many posts in your site. Your post came up on page 1 today on Google blog search for “lupus,” so it will get a few good views.
Now, thanks to Don’s post, the lupus awareness poster on a street corner in Indiana and the website url displayed on the billboard http://couldihavelupus.gov/ have potentially world-wide exposure.
Truthfully, it made me chuckle!