dont-just-go-pink:

This October, thousands of people are going to be wearing pink shirts, ribbons, bracelets, headbands, etc. for Breast Cancer Awareness. However, October isn’t just Breast Cancer Awareness Month! October is the month to spread awareness for:
AIDS
Spina Bifida
Down Syndrome
Celiac Disease
Selective Mutism
Bullying Prevention
Breast Cancer Awareness
Rett Syndrome
Lupus
Domestic Violence
Unfortunately, many of these awarenesses are overshadowed by the commercialism of Breast Cancer Awareness. While awarenesses shouldn’t be competitive, I am here to remind everyone that other awarenesses exist and should be supported!
Don’t just go pink!
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dont-just-go-pink:

This October, thousands of people are going to be wearing pink shirts, ribbons, bracelets, headbands, etc. for Breast Cancer Awareness. However, October isn’t just Breast Cancer Awareness Month! October is the month to spread awareness for:

  • AIDS
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Selective Mutism
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, many of these awarenesses are overshadowed by the commercialism of Breast Cancer Awareness. While awarenesses shouldn’t be competitive, I am here to remind everyone that other awarenesses exist and should be supported!

Don’t just go pink!

(via lifewithautoimmune)

graphicallyill:

I love this paper my disability department gave me. The representative also told me to report ANY kind of ableism, even if it seems minuscule to me.
The top three are hard to read so:
Disability accommodations are rights, not special help. (Ask for what you need. Advocate for yourself.)
You are an important and valuable part of campus diversity. (Diversity includes disability.)
College disability services officers can be gatekeepers. (Most are good allies for students, but some are not. Demand professional, individualized, respectful services and file a complaint if you don’t get them.)
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graphicallyill:

I love this paper my disability department gave me. The representative also told me to report ANY kind of ableism, even if it seems minuscule to me.

The top three are hard to read so:

  1. Disability accommodations are rights, not special help. (Ask for what you need. Advocate for yourself.)
  2. You are an important and valuable part of campus diversity. (Diversity includes disability.)
  3. College disability services officers can be gatekeepers. (Most are good allies for students, but some are not. Demand professional, individualized, respectful services and file a complaint if you don’t get them.)

(via lifewithautoimmune)

Nine Years…

Nine years ago today I was diagnosed with SLE and lupus nephritis. It’s been a long road full of setbacks and struggle, but also humbling love and support. My endless gratitude to all of you who have stood (and walked!) by my side. You’ve given me more hope than I thought was possible…in the words of Beyoncé, “I love you like XO!”

To those of you fighting the good fight, whether you’re 9 years or 9 minutes in: keep on keeping on! There is a loving and remarkable community out there who supports and believes in you. Hang in there!

a little #tbt for ya! — this time last year, i was posting one #lupusfact a day as a countdown to the 2012 alliance for #lupus research walk in #dc! #timeflies #themoreyouknow #lupusawareness