In recent years, it seems that the general U.S. population has become more aware of certain medical conditions.  One such ailment is lupus.

Medical News Today describes lupus as a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. It is also said that in the United States, people report around 16,000 new cases of lupus each year, and up to 1.5 million people may be living with the condition.

For the 5th year, West Alabama resident Bruce Steele has partnered with Academics in Motion to present a Lupus and Fibromyalgia Awareness Walk.  This year's event will be held at the Robert Hasson Community Center in Northport on Saturday, May 18.

Fibromyalgia is another condition which is seemingly becoming more common. The Mayo Clinic describes it as a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It is often misdiagnosed, and there is no known cure.

Both of these ailments are said to be more common in women. So, make it a day to support the women in your life and help to fight both of these.