Together with our provincial partners, Lupus Canada welcomes you to our website. The site is designed to be a source of information about lupus as well as about Lupus Canada and our Member Organizations and Divisions across the country. We hope it is of interest to people living with lupus, their family and friends, health care professionals and the general public.
Over 1:1000 Canadian men, women and children are living with lupus and while we work towards our vision of Life without lupus we want to ensure people living with lupus are living well.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation in one or more parts of the body. A complex disease, it can target any tissue or organ of the body including skin, muscles, joints, blood, lungs, heart, kidneys and the brain. Men, women and children can be diagnosed with lupus but between the ages of 15 and 45, nine times more women than men are diagnosed.
Lupus is under-funded and under-recognized and is life-threatening and life-altering. While lupus is a serious condition, in most cases it can be treated and controlled. Diagnosis and treatment are improving, allowing people to live increasingly active and productive lives.
There are many areas to visit on this site – ‘About Us’ focuses on who we are, what we do and how we do it as well as providing links to contact us for more information or to get involved. “Living with Lupus’ is about just that - it provides a variety of relevant information designed to educate patients, family, friends and caregivers in a variety of topics. Our Lupus Fact Sheets can also be found there. Additionally there is information on resources available through Lupus Canada, events to support lupus in communities across Canada, ways to get involved and give back as well as some useful everyday and promotional items available that can help spread awareness of lupus.
We hope you’ll take some time to look around, visit often and provide us with your feedback.