The Playbook


This Playbook is a step-by-step guide you can use to plan and implement lupus awareness activities on your campus. The Playbook provides the information you’ll need to learn about lupus, educate your organization membership about lupus, and use social media and campus events to raise lupus awareness. The activities outlined in this Playbook are customizable, so you can tailor your approach to fully involve your campus and raise awareness about lupus.
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Lupus is a chronic disease, meaning it is a long term disease that should be managed. Lupus affects the immune system and is called an autoimmune disease. The immune system's job is to fight foreign invaders, like germs and viruses. But in autoimmune diseases, the immune system is out of control and mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.

Lupus, especially when untreated, can lead to organ damage and reduce physical, mental, and social functioning.

While anyone can develop lupus, women are affected more than men. Lupus is two to three times more common in African American women compared to White women. Lupus also usually begins during child bearing years (15-44) and can seriously derail young women's goals for education, career, family, and health.

Despite the very real burden, lupus is hard to detect because the signs and symptoms are similar to other diseases and may come and go.

Early diagnosis of lupus is critical to preventing long term consequences of the disease and the first step is being aware that you may have symptoms that require medical attention.

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) wants young leaders, like you, to use this Playbook to get you and your campus to raise lupus awareness at your school. As a leader at your school, you are in a position to change the level of lupus awareness on your campus.

This Playbook will help you learn about lupus and spread the word through social media networks and on-campus events. These efforts will increase the number of students who know the signs and symptoms of lupus and what to do if they (or someone they know) show signs.

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