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Find the Common Thread Foundation is a group of like-minded individuals working to raise awareness for and help in the efforts to eradicate one of the costliest yet least talked about disease groups of our time.
What is Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune Disease is akin to having Homeland Security turn on its own population. It’s not a malicious attack but one based on confusion, and a lack of the ability to recognize self from non-self, the good guys from the bad guys, the cells in the body necessary for survival from the invaders like bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, parasites. Quite often the immune response of an Autoimmune Disease patient is strong, and has the ability to kill the patient quite efficiently. Treatment often revolves around suppressing the immune system with chemotherapeutic drugs (often same ones used with cancer patients) and corticosteroids (prednisone) to decrease the inflammatory response that comes with an immune response, as well as a box full of others to either make up for elements destroyed by the autoimmune disease, or ones to offset the negative side effects of the drugs keeping us alive – it’s a delicate balancing act.
There is no cure, and treatment is often toxic only addressing the symptoms or damage incurred, with remission being a best case scenario, and risk of death due to complications almost as heavy as the risks of the disease itself killing the patient.
If the disease or treatment doesn’t kill the patient, quality of life can be significantly reduced for indefinite periods of time with reprieves of remission in between.
There are over 140 Autoimmune Diseases (and growing) affecting 1 in 5 people, 3 out of 4 of which are female. Understanding the immune system will give researchers answers to other chronic and costly diseases including cancer, heart and stroke, mental health, AIDS, and more. Autoimmune Disease is the missing link to finding a cure for most of our costly (socially, economically, and emotionally) diseases of our time, and it itself is a burden too heavy to comprehend on our economics, and our society. Autoimmune is today where cancer was in the 1970’s and it affects far more people. See here for more info.
TOGETHER we can make a difference. Apart we will just continue to spend time, money and effort to keep status quo unchanged. Together we can change the world.
Donate And We Will Share
We believe that the answer (and cure) to autoimmune disease lies in working together and to prove this we will share your donation with your special Autoimmune Disease group/charity.You are free to give us 100% of your donation but you have a choice to share and we will give 1/5th or 20% (get the connection?) to your disease group. Just send us a note (firstname.lastname@example.org)telling us
- The name the donation was made under (so we can cross reference)
- The amount of your donation
- The organization you’d like us to share it with (if you don’t know – just tell us the disease group, and we’ll get it there)
A million thanks.