April 2012: Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
WHEREAS, though once considered rare, sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects people of all ages, races and ethnicities all over the world; and,
WHEREAS, as sarcoidosis progresses, granulomas, which are microscopic lumps of inflammation, appear in the affected tissues, and when granulomas do not heal, the tissues may remain inflamed and become scarred; and,
WHEREAS, most commonly found in the lymph nodes, eyes, skin and lungs, sarcoidosis can appear in almost any organ of the body, and symptoms of sarcoidosis include fatigue, weight loss, lack of energy and shortness of breath; and,
WHEREAS, while some progress has been made in understanding sarcoidosis symptoms and diagnosis, there is no known cause for the disease, reiterating the importance for continued research and education; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of sarcoidosis in Michigan and support the research efforts of scientists and physicians as they support sarcoidosis patients, and work toward improved treatments and one day, a cure;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2012 as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Michigan.