Since we already recognized Breast Cancer Awareness month it is only fitting that we do the same for another disease. October is also Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus turns your body against itself and causes it to attack healthy normal tissue instead of germs. Since it can attack any organ, it is difficult to diagnose. It is not contagious and is found in women ages 15-45. Women of color are three times more affected.
It is not uncommon for those that suffer from the disease to have a butterfly rash on the face or rest of the body. For this reason the purple butterfly as well as the purple ribbon are symbols for this illness. (Courtesy of Becou.com)