The first week of November is National Pain Awareness Week, hosted by the Canadian Pain Coalition. 1 in 5 Canadians live with chronic pain. About 15% of pain conditions do not respond to any current therapies. When a person is in pain, they may miss work, be unable to complete tasks, and visit the hospital often. Very often, chronic pain remains unrecognized and is not taken seriously. People living with lupus know all too well what this pain feels, looks, and sounds like.

The Canadian pain Coalition’s health awareness campaign is working to help all people living with chronic autoimmune diseases across the country by increasing media coverage, campaigning for more pain content in professional curricula, and supporting research.