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May was Lupus Awareness month, but every month of the year, everyday, everyone should be aware of all autoimmune diseases. Of everything that makes it harder for someone to live each day like a normal person. To everyone who feels too weak to fight sometimes, when theres something inside of you that is a constant reminder that you are sick...even if you don't look it.
Here's a small bit of information regarding it, for those that do not what Lupus is:
"Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. " -Lupus Foundation of America
Theres alot of symbolism in this, mainly my experiences with Lupus, though they might seem vague. Thankyou to everyone Friends & Family who have helped me cope & heal these past few months since my diagnosis. I want to do everything I can now to help raise awareness since so many women & men have this in our country, in the world and its often being misdiagnosed for many years until it is too late.
Also, I did not watermark this image, because I didn't want to discourage anyone from using it. But if you do, all I ask is that you credit me
I will update when I've gone through with making prints of this, proceeds going to Lupus Research; Or contact me at PBarbalios@gmail.com & I will put you on a list to be updated.
*art by me; sketched in pencil, painted in photoshopcs4, custom brushes: [link]