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The Star Effect: How Celebrity Awareness Brings Lupus to the Forefront

Celebrities offering support

Photo: Toni Braxton and Nick Cannon. Source:

Social media lets stars share their news quickly and more importantly, lets fans respond just as quickly.  This, in turn, creates a dialogue that is shared with everyone from fans, to doctors and even to other celebrities.  For Selena Gomez, her revelation struck a chord with Lady Gaga who lost her aunt Joanne to the disease many years ago and since she herself has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she chose to publicly reach out to Gomez and offered her support.

Nick Cannon reached out to Toni Braxton who also suffers from lupus.  Through his connection with Braxton, online research and the communities built through social media, Cannon found information that he needed about lupus and was able to become part of a number of support groups.

Talking about the disease whether through social media or in person plays a huge role in educating people about lupus and its effects.  Open dialogue about lupus will give the disease more influence, which can translate into more research opportunities that will hopefully one day lead to a cure.