Pat’s Fund focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of autoimmune diseases and raising funds for research. The connection between the more than 80 autoimmune diseases that affect 1 in 5 people is slow to gain understanding with the general public. However, research is blazing ahead on such diseases as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Scleroderma and indian cialis Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile), as well as the many others.

An autoimmune disease is a situation developed by the body’s own immune system when it misfires, mistakenly attacking healthy tissue within the body.

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Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason



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Greater NW Chapter: National MS Society


An Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance Program

When you live with an autoimmune disease, or more, there is just never enough support information. There is no one model for most of the 80 plus conditions that plague over fifty million people in the United States. Auto-immunity has no respect for age, race, condition, education or economic status. More women and children develop these diseases but there are plenty to go around for men as well.

Because each person has their own slightly unique disease design the hunt for new forms of symptom relief is ongoing. Each year the Living with Autoimmunity program strives to offer the latest in hopeful autoimmune disease research. Key noting on May 19, Jane Buckner MD, Associate Director of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason and a leading expert in translational research explained that progress was surging ahead on the back of technology. Yes, it is to be computers rather than test tubes and slides that will yield the next big breaks going forward. Extraordinary amounts of personal information are be loaded onto tiny chips with nano-receptors and in mere moments processed to produce fact stories that give direction and hope for the next medical milestone; that which can make each day for a patient just a little better.

How to best manage the search for appropriate health professionals as well Kamagra as the ensuing appointments was given new light by Beth Droppert, RN, BSN and founder of Allied Health Advocates. She focused on how to organize and prepare to locate a best support team and how to gain the most from each face to face. Often identifying and diagnosing an autoimmune disease is as challenging as finding the best treatment.

We are often told “we are what we eat”. At the least what we eat contributes greatly to who we become. That sentiment was repeated and enlarged upon by Kathy Abascal, BS, JD, a professional herbalist and the author of The Abascal Way where she discloses the importance of diet relative to autoimmune conditions. Abascal shared her personal story of regaining health through discipline and empowerment stemming from straight forward improvements in diet. She offers classes to share her program and encourage hope and improvement for those living with chronic diseases.

The program, including lunch was enhanced by a panel of patients representing a variety of autoimmune conditions including type 1 diabetes, alopecia, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Questions from the audience spotlighted individual areas of inquiry and interest.

A follow-up survey suggested a strong sense of satisfaction from those attending. Plans are underway for Living with Autoimmunity 2013. Please watch for announcement of details and plan to join us.



What is Autoimmunity?

When a virus or other germs attack your body your immune system defends you. It is designed to seek and destroy the invaders. However, at times the same process can harm you. Immune cells can mistake your healthy tissue and cause and autoimmune response that can affect many parts of your body. The result is called autoimmunity or self-immunity and develops into one or more autoimmune diseases. No one knows why the immune system sometimes attacks healthy cells. We do know that autoimmune diseases cannot be caught from other people.

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Please help in the fight against autoimmune diseases – learn, support and share your stories for others awareness. Send your message – long or short – to judir@patsfund.org. With your permission selected messages will be posted on-line by Pat’s Fund or used in the upcoming Pat’s Fund newsletter. Please include contact information.

The Pat's Fund mission

The mission of Pat's Fund is to educate, increase visibility and fund research related to the causes and cures of autoimmune disease.

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1 in 5 people live with autoimmune disease.
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When invaders attack your body the immune system goes to work. If things don’t go right healthy tissue can be targeted producing an autoimmune response. No one knows yet why this happens. There are no cures!

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