Monday, February 25, 2019

Rare Disease Day 2019

February 28th is Rare Disease Day® .  Rare Disease Day is an annual awareness day dedicated to elevating public understanding of rare diseases and calling attention to the special challenges faced by patients and the community.
In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it is believed to affect fewer than 200,000 Americans. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans live with a rare disease—affecting 30 million people—and two-thirds of these patients are children.
Do you know which diseases are considered rare diseases by the NIH's Office of Rare Diseases Research? The following ovarian cancers are considered rare:

To learn more about any of those ovarian cancers just click on the name above. 

Rare Disease Day takes place every year on the last day of February (February 28 or February 29 in a leap year)—the rarest date on the calendar—to underscore the nature of rare diseases and what patients face.  It was established in Europe in 2008 by EURORDIS, the organization representing rare disease patients in Europe. Rare Disease Day is sponsored in the U.S. by the NationalOrganization for Rare Disorders (NORD)®, a leading independent, non-profit organization committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare diseases.

 If you are on social media and have a rare disease you can use this template and show your stripes on this Thursday , February 28th. 

My stripes are rare. I have _____, a #raredisease. #ShowYourStripes #RareDiseaseDay {upload photo of yourself}

I'll be sharing this blog post as a way to raise awareness. 

Every Day is a Blessing!

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