Awareness Ribbon for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Finally

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Rheumatoid disease patients distinguish themselves from arthritis or other diseases

African iris flowerNote: both the phrases “Rheumatoid Arthritis” and “Rheumatoid Disease” have been used on this page to benefit those who are searching online. New searchers usually type “rheumatoid arthritis” because that’s all they know. We are also educating the search engines through this process.

Does color really matter?

What about the Yellow Brick Road? Would it be the same if it were the black brick road? Or the blue brick road? Of course not. But, we know that the yellow brick road will lead to answers.

An awareness ribbon specifically for Rheumatoid disease

Since there was no ribbon specifically designated, Rheumatoid patients sometimes used blue, which indicates arthritis. Some added purple, the color of Lupus, to the blue ribbon to signify autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis was in no-mans-land without a unique identifying ribbon or day. As part of the first Rheumatoid Awareness Day, the first annual day specifically to raise awareness of this disease, the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation created the indigo and gold ribbon.

Where did the colors come from?

What does indigo mean?

Rheumatoid arthritis awareness ribbonIn What color is indigo? About.com answers it this way: “Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow. Purple grapes and blueberries are indigo. The deep blue of dark denim blue jeans is indigo.” Choosing a color between blue and violet (purple) is logical, but its symbolism is also important.

Some of the many color-meaning sites have an indigo section, with common themes like these: “The second color from the bottom in a rainbow is indigo. A deepened version of the color blue would give you indigo. The color indigo means infinity. It also symbolizes wisdom, intuition, and self-mastery. This color is known to be the bridge between the finite and the infinite. The energy of the color blue is multiplied by indigo.”

“Good as gold”

When patients were surveyed here on the blog a couple of years ago, gold / yellow was a common suggestion for an awareness color. It’s understandable that people want something hopeful and bright such as gold, which has always been the color of triumph and optimism. Think of a gold star in school or a gold medal in the Olympics. Gold reminds us that a cure is on the horizon.

The Rheumatoid awareness ribbon is deep indigo representing true awareness and knowledge that is needed for RA, along with a strip of gold like sunlight on the horizon.

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