May 2018: Myositis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, “Myositis” is the general term used to describe the Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies which include dermatomyositis, polymyositis, necrotizing myopathy, inclusion body myositis, and the juvenile forms of myositis, which are rare, autoimmune muscle and skin diseases that may also affect the lungs and other organs; and,

WHEREAS, Myositis affects roughly 50,000 people in the United States and takes on average 3.5 years to diagnose. It is often misdiagnosed causing a delay in potentially helpful therapies which may lead to permanent muscle loss, organ damage and total disability; and,

WHEREAS, education for patients, caregivers, family members, physicians, other healthcare providers, medical decision-makers, and lawmakers is essential to the overall health and well being of patients; and,

WHEREAS, Myositis affects every aspect of patients’ lives including emotional, physical, financial, and relationships. Patients deserve emotional support, financial assistance and understanding; and,

WHEREAS, raising awareness of and increasing funding for Myositis are important factors in advancing research and developing more effective treatments with a goal of a cure for Myositis; and,

WHEREAS, raising awareness and funding are important factors in research advancements and the development of less-damaging treatments with the goal of finding a cure for Myositis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as Myositis Awareness Month in Michigan.