Friday, September 3, 2010
butterflies and wishes
Next Saturday I'm participating in a Walk for Lupus in my Mom's memory. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body produces antibodies which attack the patient's own body causing inflammation, damage and pain. So why the picture of the butterfly? Two thirds of lupus patients suffer from chronic skin rashes and in many lupus patients the characteristic rash is butterfly-shaped across the cheeks and nose. As a result the butterfly symbol has been adopted by Lupus organizations around the world. Monarch butterflies were a particular favourite of Mom's - this picture I snapped a few years ago was her pick for her personal stationery.
At the end of the walk there's a butterfly release planned and I've arranged for a butterfly to be released in Mom's honour. I'm really looking forward to that. There's apparently a legend that by whispering a wish to a butterfly and giving it freedom, the butterfly will carry the wish to heaven and it will be granted. I'm guessing we'll all be wishing the same thing - an effective treatment and cure for this terrible disease.