May 10

Lupus Awareness Day

Lupus Awareness
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Butterflies for Lupus
Dawn Clarkson, 2019
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“Be Kind; Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about."

~ Oft paraphrased quote from “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush” , Ian MacLaren (the Reverend John Watson), c. 1894

Lupus erythematosus is a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body. One symptom associated with the disease is the classic malar rash (commonly known as a butterfly rash), which is reflected in the awareness symbol for Lupus, a butterfly.

An invisible illness is one that does not exhibit externally visible signs or symptoms. These conditions deeply impact the people suffering, who may not exhibit obvious signs to an outside observer. Those with invisible illnesses and disabilities may have symptoms such as pain, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, mental health disorders, and other limiting symptoms or restrictions which prevent them from partaking fully in life or in the lives of others. Just some examples of invisible illnesses include: Autoimmune syndromes, Allergies, food intolerances, Arthritis, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Depression and mental illness, Diabetes, Digestive disorders such as Celiac, colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Migraine and headache sufferers, Heart conditions, Lupus, Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, Multiple Sclerosis, Infertility. Sjogren’s Syndrome, Chemical Sensitivity and other Environmental Illness, Biotoxin and Mold Illness. 🦋 💜

Lupus erythematosus is a collection of autoimmune diseases in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissues. Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. The most common and most severe form is systemic lupus erythematosus.


This tartan was created to raise awareness and funds for research. It was created after designer’s wife was diagnosed with Lupus in 2018 and registered with the agreement of the Lupus Foundation of America.


For a gallery of art dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Lupus research, Butterflies for Lupus, click one of the submissions by artist Dawn Clarkson.

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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