The Butterfly: The Shape-Shifting Mascot

As a curious person I often rely on Wikipedia for my trivial knowledge, but when it comes to lupus, I love my straight up medical facts. One thing I never questioned, but never knew the answer to is trivial but wiki wouldn’t do- why a butterfly?

The symbol for lupus is a butterfly- An animal that is symbolic for rebirth, renewal, and transformation. Or- is it because we get this hideous Malar Rash across our faces (exhibit: a). And so, through my research I learned some new lupus trivia, such as, yes- it is because of the rash.

And hello- I share a disease with Millie “The Most Famous Dog with Lupus.” Question: Who is the most famous cat? 

So while I’m not ready to abandon my negative feelings towards my views of the butterfly as our symbol (it’s a shape shifting creature that has a short life span. I can’t jive with that.) I do feel slightly more knowledgeable about my own disease. Now, who is down to have a new mascot? I nominate the wolf (lupus meaning wolf!)– now that’s an animal I can feel strong and proud to be represented by!

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4 thoughts on “The Butterfly: The Shape-Shifting Mascot

  1. Firstly, I am truly apologetic that you have to suffer with this.
    Secondly, I am just as upset that a butterfly is the symbol after reading all of this information, and Yes a wolf would be more appropriate
    Third, I love this article. It’s informative with a touch of humor! 🙂

    Fourth, ….well there is no fourth but I hate ending with odd numbers. 😀

    • Firstly, thank you- it sucks sometimes. I can’t lie. I will say though that for some reason it makes sense that it happened to me. I want people to learn, I want to fight it, and I want to be a voice for it.
      Secondly, this was a recent revelation. I knew I never liked butterflies, despite Lisa Frank’s desperate attempts to make me a butterfly loving convert at the tender age of 9.
      Third(ly?), thank you, again 🙂 Ultimately, we need to laugh at the end of the day. Especially when some things in life cannot be controlled!

      Fourth- this is for you. There is no fourth.

      • Thank you for your generous fourth response, of which there was no response. The thought is appreciated. We all need a good laugh, and Lisa Frank makes a very good attempt to make everyone love butterflies. I don’t mind them, I’m sort of empathetic towards them. As for being a voice, you seem like an amazing voice for this cause. Keep fighting, and I’m following you. I want to learn more, and maybe one day help you.

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