The broad topics of research, education, and service programs get theheadlines, but a better snapshot of the Autoimmune Association can be told through those who callon us. Some examples:* The young woman, recently diagnosed with the autoimmune disease "lupus" who came to us pregnant and despondent. In questioning her, we discovered a history of miscarriages and suggested she be tested for antiphospholipid syndrome (a little known, but treatable, autoimmune disease that can cause fetal loss). It led to her first successful full-term baby.* The day we intervened for the distraught family of a nine-year-old who wasgoing blind from uveitis (an autoimmune eye disease) by getting him into aresearch program at the National Institutes of Health.* The 18-year-old girl with acute vasculitis, but without the underlyingdisease diagnosis needed to properly treat it. We uncovered a family historyof "lupus," "CFS," "Graves' disease" and Type I Diabetes, and spotted the necessary puzzle pieces that led to a diagnosis of "Wegener's" disease. She's now getting appropriate treatment and leading a near normal life again.
Supporting patients on the journeys every day
We're the worlds leading nonprofit organization dedicated to autoimmune awareness, advocacy, education, and research. (Autoimmune Association LOGO in bottom right corner throughout video)
There are more than 100 different autoimmune diseases
An estimated 31 million Americans have been diagnosed with at least one autoimmune disease
It's common to be diagnosed with more than one autoimmune disease
What we do
Awareness: The Autoimmune Association raises widespread awareness and understanding of autoimmune disease and their prevalence worldwide.
Research: The Autoimmune Association convenes scientists, physicians, and researchers from across disciplines to explore the root cause of autoimmunity to unlock breakthrough treatments and someday, cures.
Education: The Autoimmune Association is committed to empowering and educating patients to ensure they are supported throughout their journey from getting to a diagnosis, identifying treatment options, accessing care, managing comorbidities, and improving quality of life.
Advocacy: The Autoimmune Association advocates on the federal and state level for policies that put patients first - from hosting congressional briefings and issuing public comments to leading the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups.
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