April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month for thousands of people who are suffering from this disease.
The purple ribbon use to symbolize the disease is a message of hope for all.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can cause the immune system to go haywire or out of control. It can literally affect any organ in the body and cause skin irritation.
“Living with sarcoidosis has totally uprooted and set my life on a different and unexpected course,” said Peggy Dorsey.
Ms. Dorsey recently diagnosed with the disease, which has affected her lungs and diminishes her breathing at times.
“What is sometimes debilitating to my system is the countless amounts of medications that I need and the joint pain which is consistent,” Dorsey stated. “Some days are just really hard to deal with.”
There are support groups available for Sarcoidosis online and in person whichever the individual and family members prefer.
“When a patient is diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, they will have periods of flare-ups and down periods where they are almost non-symptomatic,” said Ms. Margo Hazzard, Family Nurse Practioner, (FNP).
At present time, the cause of this disease is unknown and cure is not available.