Government Funding for Lupus Research
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If you don't know much about Lupus you aren't alone - there is very little public knowledge around this debilitating, chronic disease.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body, including vital organs. Sufferers endure chronic fatigue, inability to be in the sun (very difficult in Australia!), chronic pain and illness which affects the ability to work and carry on a normal productive life.
There is no cure for Lupus, and there is no single effective treatment, so along with suffering symptoms of the disease, patients also suffer severe toxicity and the risk of long term organ damage from corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs.
There is also no singular test for Lupus resulting in many people going undiagnosed, wondering why they feel chronically unwell.
Some stats around Lupus in Australia include:
- 1 in 600 people, or approx 20,000 people in Australia have Lupus
- 9 out of 10 people with Lupus are women
- 10% of sufferers will die from this condition before the age of 40
- More Australians have Lupus than Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, AIDS and Cystic Fibrosis COMBINED
Despite this, there is currently no State or Federal funding in Australia to support Lupus sufferers or research effective treatment or a cure.
I want to change this! I want Australia to lead the way and help Lupus sufferers lead normal, full, productive lives.
I want this so that my wife who has Lupus can have a life again, I want this so my best-friend who has Lupus can get through the day without pain, I want this so every person who doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning because all it brings is pain and fatigue can wake up excited at what the new day can bring.
Please help me and sign this petition for our Health Minister and show how important this is!
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