Approximately 1.5 million Americans currently suffer from this debilitating illness. It is a disease that disproportionately affects women by a ratio of 9:1. Lupus is more common than leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. Nevertheless, according to the Lupus Foundation of America, 61 percent of Americans have never heard of it or know little more than the name of the illness. In addition, 42 percent do not believe lupus is disabling and fail to realize its severe ramifications, which range from fatigue, rashes, organ failure and even death, because lupus patients rarely look physically ill.
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Other Recent News
22 May 2013: Simone awarded MS in Journalism by Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
21 May 2013: Simone awarded John Horgan Prize for Critical Science Journalism by Columbia J-School
22 Feb 2013: Simone's article on Complicated Grief published by Spectrum
6 Aug 2012: Simone starts at the Columbia School of Journalism
16 May 2012: Simone awarded MFA in Playwriting by the Columbia University School of the Arts
1 May 2012: Simone joins the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
15 Mar 2012: Simone accepted into Columbia School of Journalism
14 Feb 2012: Simone accepted into Medill School of Journalism
28 Sept: 2011: Simone given NY Theater column at Inside New York
7 June 2011: David Lindsay-Abaire has agreed to be my Thesis Play Mentor.
3 June 2011: 'Three Bears' Accepted into San Francisco Fringe Festival
May 2011: 'Adieu My Sunshine' gets 'Outstanding Play Award' at Notes From The Underground Festival 2011
15 & 18 Feb. 2011: 'Three Bears' gets extended twice at Manhattan Rep.
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