Did you feel the power of discovery in the air today? March 9, 2011 was a day of celebrating discoveries around the nation. Whether honoring NASA's Shuttle Discovery who returned from space for the last time or finding out that the FDA had approved Benlysta, the first drug approved for use in Lupus patients in 56 years! The monthly infusion drug is not going to be suitable for all Lupus patients, but the FDA approval of Benlysta is a huge step forward and encourages innovative discoveries on the path toward finding new and better Lupus medications.
Sandra Raymond, of the Lupus Foundation of America tweeted "Historic day for people w/ lupus & families! FDA approval of Benlysta catapults lupus into a new era of diagnosis & treatment". What brings me the most hope is that the approval of Benlysta is not simply another step along the road for Lupus Awareness but that it is a huge leap for the Lupus community of patients, family, friends, care-givers and medical personnel.
The online Lupus community shares and engages, we work together to make each day a better one. If I ease you through a tough time, when your joints are sore and you can't get out of bed one day, the next time I am achy I know you will be there to provide support and encouragement. Discovering our common bond of living with Lupus is more than enough to create an instant friendship. Benlysta will soon to be widely available to any Lupus patient whose doctor prescribes it.
I launched this website not knowing that today would be an historic day for the Lupus community yet I can't help but feel a sense of destiny and connection. I am grateful that you have "discovered" it. I will continue to share advances in Lupus Research on my journey to find the flair and prove that "Lupus Awareness is fun!"