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purple ribbonGovernor Baker has issued a Proclamation to recognize May as Lupus Awareness Month. Please share this post to spread awareness of this condition which affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. The Proclamation reads:

A Proclamation

Whereas Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation of various tissues of the body; and

Whereas Types of lupus include systemic lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus erythematosus, subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus and neonatal lupus; and

Whereas Individuals are most commonly diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE affects different parts of the body including internal organs; and

Whereas Individuals with SLE may experience symptoms including, but not limited to, fatigue, headaches, chest pain, fever, anemia, swelling in joints, and skin rashes. Symptoms are often characterized by flares and remissions and are likely to affect joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels.

Whereas SLE is most common in females who are in their childbearing years and for every one male affected, four to twelve females are affected. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians/Alaska Natives are more likely to be affected than whites. Individuals with a family history of SLE may be at greater risk of developing SLE. However, anyone can be affected by lupus; and

Whereas The exact causes of SLE are unknown; however, genetic, environmental and hormonal factors are believed to be linked; and

Whereas The number of individuals in the United States living with lupus is unknown, but it is estimated by the Lupus Foundation of America that 1.5 million individuals in the United States are affected by lupus; and

Whereas There is currently no cure for lupus, but treatments are available and most individuals affected by lupus are able to live active and healthy lives.

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of May, 2016, to be

Lupus Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

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