I'm walking in the Lupus Foundation of America Walk to End Lupus Now in New York City on Saturday, May 5th to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with LUPUS in the United States.
As most of you know, my daughter Erica has been battling severe health issues all her life, since birth when she was born a preemie (3 months early). For the past 12+ yrs she has especially suffered from bizarre & unexplained symptoms & conditions. Even the Mayo Clinic proved unsuccessful in "figuring her out." In 2010 she was finally diagnosed with LUPUS, and for the past 8 yrs. she has stuck with a team of doctors that have her on a cocktail of meds that keep her symptoms somewhat under control (but with no cure in sight). Her autoimmune disease is unique to her, and so she continues to puzzle her doctors, thus the saying " Lupus has a thousand faces." This disease is very difficult to diagnose, treat, and live with. Can you imagine waking up everyday in pain, and not feeling well? Every year she faces the challenges of set backs, hospital stays, flares lasting months, infections, and terrible side effects from the medications that have left permanent damage to her body. She has had to get used to a new way of life, and change a lot of her daily activities/routines. As a mother I pray for a miracle and a cure - every day!
I hope you will consider making a secure online donation to help us reach our goals! It’s easy to do – just click on the link to Donate Now and complete the donation process. Making a difference starts with one step, thank you for taking this step, and for your generosity! Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of LUPUS. Thank you for your help and support!