May is a month of mixed emotions for me. Not that the month itself gives me mixed emotions, rather what it represents is what creates the odd mix. You see I adore the way Spring comes so fully to life in an exuberant way. May is pops of colour from flowers and leaves unfurling. Nd now we come to the mixed emotional part, the color purple.
You see friends purple to me is lupus and May is Lupus Awareness month. This is a big deal to me, it’s a chance to take an invisible illness and turn the spotlight on it. It’s a way to take the hidden struggles and put a face to them. And yes, it’s a chance to put my face to some of the struggles that I hide most of the time. The thing is, I’m not a spotlight kind of girl, but it’s so important to find a way to cure this illness that I push myself into the light.
Lupus may be the color purple, but just as there are a million shades of purple, there are a million different ways lupus impacts your life. Sometimes lupus is a mild lavender resting while I carry on having a typical day. Other times lupus is a deep, dark purple full of hot passion and my typical day is lost to the turmoil. The thing is, dear friends, lupus is not the color black. It is not death, it is a change though.
So the next time you see a splash of purple in May please stop and consider that someone you know has lupus, including me. And if you have questions about the illness, ask because the answer to the mystery that is lupus may be hiding within your mind.