I am running 100 miles in Zion Ultras, April 10-11, 2021! I am running to help end Lupus!
My story with lupus began after I ran a 50K in 2017. My training and racing went well, but I felt like I wasn't recovering as usual. My body hurt more and more, and the fatigue was so overwhelming I knew something wasn't right. I was no longer able to run. That sent me on the search for answers. I was one of the lucky ones, as in it only took about 8 months for me to get the answer - lupus. There is not a definitive test for this disease and it can often take years to get a diagnosis. Thankfully I have a great team of doctors, and presently, my lupus is managed very well. I have been able to pick up running and training for ultras since then and now I am training for my first 100 miles! The problem with lupus is a flare can happen at any time, even with medication. I don't know what sets if off, though believe me I have tried to figure it out. All I know is running helps ease my pain (odd, right?!) and puts me in a much better state mentally. Depression and chronic illness go hand in hand, but running helps me to manage them both.
My goal is to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States. Your donation will help me reach my personal fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus!
Did you know?
- Lupus is a complex disease that is hard to define. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- While lupus mainly affects women between the ages of 15-44, men and children are not spared.
- Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat lupus.
Let's end this cycle now! By making a donation today you are joining the fight against lupus!