Check this out...a little product placement for the Lupus Foundation of America! Here's a screen shot of a scene from a recent episode of Cougar Town. I've personally never seen the show - a friend sent me the photo above - but if TBS is such a lupus supporter, I may have to start tuning in!!
Along these same lines, I've been catching up on old episodes of 30 Rock, and it seems as though Liz Lemon can't drop the old "L" word often enough. I've counted at least three or four episodes where "lupus" has been mentioned. Sure, in some instances, the disease is a little misrepresented, but I think anytime the word "lupus" is mentioned on national television, we gain recognition. I bet at least one person, if not ten, pondered, discussed, or looked up the word "lupus" after it was mentioned on each episode. If so, that's at least one (or ten) more people talking about it. I know some disagree, but I thank Tina Fey and the folks at 30 Rock for bringing a little more attention to this nasty unknown disease.